As a principal of an elementary school and as a mother of two children I am continuously impressed and inspired by the work my own children are doing at the Scholars Academy. Both of my children have greatly benefited from the intensive instructional support and personal motivation provided so lovingly…read more

At the Scholars’ Academy, students will acquire the
skills needed to achieve academic success.

Mrs. Falcinella’s Bio

Erin Falcinella


Cal State University, Fullerton

Master of Arts in Reading

Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Cal State University, Long Beach

Professional Clear Multiple Subjects Credential with CLAD



Scholars’ Academy Aug.2010-Present

Reading Specialist

Writing Teacher


Tustin Unified School District   2000- 2010

Peters Canyon Elementary

Classroom Teacher 2nd, 4th and 5th Grade

Irvine and Newport Mesa Unified School District     1999-2000

Student Teacher 1st and 3rd Grade




  • Certificate in Differentiated Instruction (G.A.T.E.)
  • Irvine Math Project (I.M.P.)
  • RTI (Response to Instruction)
  • Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (B.T.S.A.) Support Provider
  • California Association for the Gifted (C.A.G.) Conferences Attendee
  • Guided Language Acquisition Design (G.L.A.D.)
  • Smartboard/Notebook training
  • Junior Great Books Training
  • UCI Writing Project Annual Conference
  • Six Traits of Writing Staff Development
  • Professional Development Courses/Workshops through University of California, San Diego
  • Houghton Mifflin Reading/Language Arts Training
  • Beckman Science Training
  • TUSD Professional Development Workshops
  • Classroom Management Training, Rick Morris
  • Worked for Cal State University, Fullerton’s Reading Clinic located in Mission Viejo for a year to help students with reading difficulties using research based reading strategies
  • Dibels (Reading Assessment) Training
  • Running Records (Reading Assessment) Training
  • Text Reading (Reading Assessment) Training




  • ETAP (Elementary Teaching Assistant Principal)
  • Principal’s Leadership Team
  • Grade Level Chairman
  • School Visionary Team
  • National Blue Ribbon Writing Committee
  • BTSA Support Provider
  • Invention Convention Coordinator
  • Physical Education Committee for School
  • School STAR Testing Coordinator
  • Quad-Mathalon Coach
  • Technology Coordinator
  • “Breaking the Code”  Intervention Teacher
  • Outdoor Education Science School
  • Pilot Teacher for Houghton Mifflin Social Studies Series
  • Trained 2nd Grade Teachers District Wide on Social Studies Series
  • GATE Summer Scholars Teacher
  • Social Studies Subject Area Committee Member
  • Beckman Science Training (2nd and 4th Grade)
  • RTI (Response to Instruction) Intervention Teacher


Professional Organizations:

  • International Literacy Association



  • Teacher of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year Nominee
  • California Distinguish School Participant
  • National Blue Ribbon School Participant
  • Cal State University, Fullerton Graduate with Honors
  • Good Idea Grant Recipient