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Pathways Academy Charter School Adult Education is authorized by Warner Unified School District.  Per the Charter, we are authorized to serve any young adult student who resides in the state of California.


Rudy Kastelic, Chair

Rudy Kastelic spent over 30 years in the Sweetwater Union High School District, first as an Adult School teacher and then counselor, assistant principal, principal and finally as Director of Adult Education, where he provided leadership in the day-to-day operations for a program of more than 30,000 adult school students and 300 faculty, six site administrators, six full-time counselors, and more than 60 classified support staff.

After leaving Sweetwater Union High School District, he consulted for various educational companies and school districts before becoming Interim President of Continuing Education for the San Diego Community College District where he was the Chief Executive Officer for an institution of more than 50,000 students. Rudy finally retired in 2015.

Term End Date: September 14, 2025

Tom Schaaf, Vice Chair

Tom Schaaf served in education for over 35 years in the Sweetwater Union School District before finally retiring. During those years, he taught every type of course in both math and science at the Junior High, High School and Adult School levels. He was also a coach, community volunteer and school administrator. As an administrator, he was able to work with and evaluate teachers across all academic curriculum areas. He enjoyed working with teachers, students and their families in the Sweetwater District and was voted both Teacher of the Year as well as Administrator of the Year.

Since retiring, Tom continues to serve the community through various volunteer programs as well as serving on the Pathways Academy Adult Education School Board. He is excited for this opportunity and looks forward to working with the Board to continue to grow the program.

Term End Date: October 27, 2026

Charlie Padilla, Chief Financial Officer

Charlie Padilla has worked in education for over 30 years. He taught second, fifth and sixth grades in the South Bay School District from 1978 to 1987.  He then served as Assistant Principal in the South Bay School District as well as principal in the Chula Vista School District and served at four different schools from 1998 to 2010.  During this time he was recognized as Elementary Administrator of the Year, by the Association of California School Administrators, San Diego in 2003, and California Distinguished School Principal in 2005.

Retiring in December of 2010, Charlie currently serves as a Student Teaching Supervisor at the University of San Diego in the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences.

Term End Date: October 27, 2024


Jarom Luedtke


Tabitha Richard

Board Clerk