Fresh Ed is an approved vendor for:


Blue Ridge Academy

Cabrillo Point Academy

Compass Charter Schools

Epic Charter Schools

iLead Exploration

Please contact us for information

about adding your current charter.

Fresh Ed is non-sectarian and provides

academic supports to public,

public charter, and PSA scholars.





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What is Fresh Ed?

Fresh Ed is a homeschool vendor of academic enrichment, offering personalized lessons to meet each scholars' 

academic needs via synchronous online learning. Our educational team assesses academic needs in real-time and meets those needs.


 If a scholar is mastering a topic, they will be guided to the next level. If they are not quite "getting it", we will shift our approach and support the scholar until they do master it! 

Fresh Ed is committed to everyone's health and safety. We are offering a live - virtual schedule until further notice.



To offer an educational choice for diverse learners in a personalized and collaborative blended learning environment, facilitated through restorative justice practices.


To cultivate a sense of purpose, supported by a culture of expanded thinking, openness and respect, a growth mindset, and an awakening knowledge of self.


Equip each individual child with a love of learning, inquiry, critical thinking, problem-solving, and opportunities to thrive.


Meet the Board of Directors

Fresh Education Inc is a nonprofit organization serving families in and around Long Beach.

 Dr. Michelle "Mickie" Tubbs

Director of Scholar Success


Ms. Raquel Salazar

Student Mentor

Ms. Erica Brannon

Student Mentor

The Academic Team

The Board of Directors

Cathie Fountain


Tova Pusl

Executive Director

Heather Gilman

Treasurer/Founding Parent

Joyce White


As an educator and advocate in the early childhood profession for over 30+ years, Cathie has come to understand the profound importance of quality early learning experiences and its effect on a young child’s development. Cathie completed her B. A. in Human Development at California State University, Long Beach and received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, also from CSULB.

Cathie is a founding member of Little Owl School in Long Beach and currently full-time tenured faculty in the Child Development and Educational Studies Department at Long Beach City College. Additionally, Cathie is currently the Coordinator for the California Early Childhood Mentor Program at Long Beach City College. Cathie is a passionate advocate for children as well as providing environments that guide their discovery, providing opportunities that allow children to construct their own understandings and knowledge, and facilitate their growth of critical thinking through reflective engagement.

The mother of two high schoolers who attended a charter, home, and public schools in Long Beach, Tova began seeking educational alternatives when her children were entering kindergarten. Tova earned her BA in Speech Communication at CSULB in 1993, is trained in nonviolent communication and a certified parent educator. 


In 2008, she co-founded Functional Families to facilitate parents and caregivers cultivating connection and empathy in the relationship with their children. Her classes enjoy a wide following in the Long Beach area. As Executive Director, Tova strives to continue her passion of empathy and support for, not only the students and families of Fresh Ed, but for the staff/ team as well.

Mother of two school-aged children, one attending sessions at Fresh Ed and one at a charter-middle-school, Heather’s recognizes the need for personalized education. Her passion for individualized education has come from seeing the power that is gained by meeting the needs of children where they are vs where “they should be”! 

Heather is Vice President of Finance for Optum, earned her  BA degree in Biology from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford.

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Meet our Supporters


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all sessions are offered through video sessions.

Fresh Ed is grateful for our donors!

Whether financial or in-kind, all support helps us offer

high-quality programming to underprivileged youth.

Donor Spotlight:

We want to thank Bill & Heather Gilman for their deep commitment to educational choice. Your belief in our team propelled us to start Fresh Ed and continues to keep us growing!


Fresh Ed also would like to recognize DiAnne Abshire for sharing grant research and fund-development skills with our team!

Corporate Donors:

         Food Finders

         Smart & Final

         Trader Joes

         Whole Foods 365



Fresh Ed was fiscally sponsored by the South Coast Chorale to lift Fresh Ed to serve unique learners in Long Beach and the surrounding areas.

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Contact Us

562-283-8369  |

 2325 E 3rd St #300, Long Beach CA 90814

Fresh Education Inc (83-4588307) is a nonprofit organization.

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