Nicole Stephens

Sandy Brunet

School Leader

MA, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, California State University Northridge
BA, Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles


Sandy Brunet joined Coastal Connections Academy in 2021. Although she is new to Connections Academy, she has served in school leadership for over 10 years in both public and charter settings with both face-to-face and virtual learners. She shares more about her leadership journey below!


Why I Became an Educator

“After working in education for many years, I saw the opportunity to move into school leadership as a way to increase my impact in students’ lives. Instead of having an impact on 25 or 125 students per year, I’m able to help many more students have a positive school experience through my leadership.

I enjoy every part of being a school leader. From working with teachers, to getting to know students and their families, I find it exciting to join every student where they are and to help them continue on their path to academic and personal success.”


The Online School Experience at Coastal Connections Academy

“Coastal Connections Academy provides access to high-quality and rigorous instructional content coupled with incredibly hard-working and dedicated professionals who partner with students and their families to create pathways for success for all of the students.

We create a welcoming environment by utilizing a variety of methods to make our school community feel connected. We provide deeply-involved, caring, connected and high-quality teachers who can make learning come alive and who stay connected with students and their families.”

I love working with all students. I’m most excited to provide students at Coastal Connections Academy the time and personalization that can only come from our unique model.

— Sandy Brunet

The Benefits of K-12 Online Learning

“All schools work to provide unique and individualized learning opportunities to students. Within the online school setting we are often able to make this happen in a more supported manner. Our teachers are able to personally reach out to families, to create truly individualized learning plans, and to use in-the-moment formative assessment to guide instruction and to accelerate students or remediate as needed within the learning cycles.”