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Nicholas Pinto, M.A., PPS – Director of Education Westmoreland Academy

Nicholas Pinto joined the Institute for the Redesign of Learning in 2007.  He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University, where he studied the cognition process and the methods through which insights arise. Nick holds his Master’s in Education and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential from Point Loma University, and has been educating and empowering children for over 20 years.

Nick began his IRL career as a Teacher Associate at the Almansor Academy, and has held several positions throughout the years. He rapidly progressed into the role of Educational Support Services Manager at Almansor until being promoted to Westmoreland Academy Assistant Director.  Nick was also part of the IRL Autism planning committee in the years leading to the opening of Westmoreland Academy.  Prior to his time at IRL, Nick was a long-time educator at Rolling Hills Country Day School where he taught middle school students a self-constructed Ethics/Self-Awareness course, which foreshadowed Nick’s current involvement with the philosophical underpinnings of the wholistic Taking Charge® approach and the overarching IRL philosophy, which drive our programs. Nick is also an adjunct instructor and linguistic coach for Taking Charge®, which is offered through UCLA Extension.