School Leadership

Anthony Phung
holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and an MBA from La Sierra University. After publishing a peer-reviewed article in the journal Leukocyte Biology, he began his career in education as a chemistry teacher at Norte Vista High School in the Alvord Unified School District. While teaching, Anthony recognized the lack of availability of supplemental educational support in the community. As a result, in 1996, he co-founded Oxford Tutoring, Inc. For over 16 years, Anthony has served as the CEO, overseeing both the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning of the company. As CEO, Anthony has developed effective partnerships with the Riverside County Office of Education and several community organizations, extending educational opportunities to underserved youth.  Under his leadership, Oxford Tutoring, Inc. has expanded its services to reach low-income students in more than 28 school districts throughout southern California.  In 2010, driven by the same principles and recognizing the benefits of taking a non-traditional, personalized approach to education, Anthony founded Oxford-Riverside Academy to better serve the community.  He is currently the school's principal. 


Samantha Rollins holds a BA in psychology and is currently finishing her Master's of Science in education and her PPS credential in school counseling at California Baptist University. She has more than five years of experience in the education field. Samantha joined Oxford Tutoring, Inc. in 2006 as a reading and English instructor for grades K-12.  Since then, she has also taught a number of AP subjects (including history, English, and psychology) and SAT and ACT test preparation, as well as essay writing for college applications.  In addition to her work at Oxford, Samantha has also volunteered at Bloomington Middle School in the Colton Joint Unified School District and as a drama teacher for grades 1-3 at The Grove Community Church in Riverside.  Presently, Samantha is completing school counseling internships at Martin Luther King Jr. High School and University Heights Middle School, both of which are in the Riverside Unified School District.


Nicole Donovan received her Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in English, Master of Education, and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Sciences from the University of California, Riverside. During her graduate program, Nicole taught two U.S. History classes and a World History class.  After obtaining her credential, Nicole worked as a substitute teacher for grades 9-12 at Santiago High School in Corona, CA. Nicole spends her free time camping with family and friends and reading modern literature. 


Alejandra (Alex) Martinez received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Language (with an emphasis on French and Italian) and Political Science (with an emphasis on international affairs) from the University of California, Riverside. After obtaining her degrees, Alejandra completed an internship in the office of Congressman Brian Bilbray in Washington, D.C. Alejandra is passionate about linguistics and is fluent in Spanish, Italian, French, and English. She also enjoys reading all genres of literature, particularly works from the Romantics.


Scott Morris received his Bachelor of Science in statistics from the University of California, Riverside and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Upon completion of his credential, Scott moved to Illinois, where he taught all levels of math at Rantoul Township High School for two years. During his tenure at RTHS, Scott served as a faculty advisor for student-run organizations and helped design a new course dedicated to improving students’ scores on state tests. Scott has since moved back to his home town in California, where he is earning a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics at California State University, Fullerton. In addition to his academic inclinations, Scott also plays tennis and enjoys running.


Gene Stewart graduated from Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga, TN with his Bachelor of Science in physics and minor in mathematics. Gene's educational experience includes volunteering for a year as a Physics, Algebra 2, and U.S. History instructor in Pohnpei (pronounced pon-o-pey) SDA school (grades 9-12) in Kolonia Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia and teaching advanced algebra and trigonometry at Hamilton Middle High School in Tennessee. Gene is currently completing math courses at the University of California, Riverside with plans to attain a Masters in mathematics.  Among his many hobbies, Gene enjoys rock climbing and has spent over five summers as the Director of Rock Climbing and Ropes Courses at the Mt. Aetna Summer Camp in Hagerstown, Maryland.


Elizabeth McIntosh received her Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with an emphasis on
education from California State University, Fullerton. Through her own experiences as a transfer student and after spending several semesters volunteering in local classrooms, she became convinced of the need for smaller student:teacher ratios and excellence in education administration. Elizabeth joined Oxford-Riverside Academy, putting her diverse education background to work as she taught English, U.S. History, and American Government before transitioning to assist with administration. Currently, Elizabeth is in Riverside City College’s Interpreter Education Program, where she is studying the linguistics of American Sign Language, preparing to become an Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Her future plans include attaining a Master’s degree in Administration of Deaf Education. Elizabeth enjoys spending her free time outdoors, hiking and rock climbing.

Connie Decker

Connie Decker
has worked as a college counselor for more than 20 years in a large, diverse, urban-centered high school. She has a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA, a Masters Degree from California State University, Northridge with an emphasis in Counseling and Special Education. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Education of the Deaf. Her experiences include:

•Guidance Counselor at John W. North High School for 20 Years.
•Coordinated College Counseling for Students (Grades 9-12)
•Created the Junior College Night.
•Lead the Senior College Night
•Coordinated Financial Aid Workshops
•Coordinated PSAT Workshops
•Established the Riverside Unified School District College Fair, representing over 70 colleges.
•NACAC College Fair Coordinating Committee, Inland Empire
•University of California Advisory Council, UC Office of the President, 10 years.
•Author of the Riverside Unified School District College Handbook
•Consultant for the College Board

Connie strongly believes in connecting students to opportunities through college. Currently, Connie is a consultant for Oxford-Riverside Academy.

  Rachel Blackmon received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. She is currently completing her Master of Arts in English at California Baptist University. In addition to working for Oxford, Rachel serves as an adjunct professor at California Baptist University teaching English composition. Rachel enjoys writing, both academically and casually, and especially enjoys writing fiction novels. She is currently in the process of completing her second novel and preparing her first novel for publication.