All Trustees All Staff Dr. Frances Disney

Dr. Frances Disney

Learning Strategies Coordinator

B.A. Dramatic Art & Religious Studies, with a Minor in Education & Applied Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

M.Ed Education with BCLAD, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Lead Teacher Certificate, Center X, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University of California, San Diego, CA


Dr. Disney currently serves as the Director of Learning Strategies and the Anti-Bullying-Club (ABC) at ANA. The Learning Strategies program provides academic guidance for students with learning challenges. Dr. Disney works closely with faculty, administration, and parents on how best to provide students with appropriate academic interventions and supports.


This marks Dr. Disney’s eighth year as an educator. Born and raised in Pasadena, California, she received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008. After working with an afterschool drama program in Isla Vista, California, Dr. Disney felt a strong calling to become a teacher and support underserved communities. After studying abroad in Greece, she transitioned to UCLA where she earned her M.Ed and California English teaching credential with a bilingual certification in Spanish. Most recently, she relocated to San Diego to pursue her Doctorate in Education Leadership through a joint-doctoral program at the UCSD and Cal State University, San Marcos.


In all, Dr. Disney has worked in a variety of educational settings, including charter, public, non-public, and private schools. As a first-generation college student herself, she takes great pride in modeling to students the power of education, self-determination, and self-advocacy. Education is a powerful tool to help us reach our individual ambitions while sustaining healthy, well-informed communities. In her free time, Dr. Disney enjoys traveling, hiking, spending quality time with family/friends, and attending comedy shows, fairs, and concerts.