Venessa Kayrell

Head of School

Venessa Kayrell is the Head of School for Fusion Academy Mission Viejo. She earned a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, but quickly realized that a research-based career was not what she wanted for herself.  Having studied in both non-traditional and traditional educational environments, she felt drawn to Fusion’s unique setting that focuses on one-to-one teaching, fostering each child’s growth as a whole person, and bringing fun and engagement into the classroom.  

In 2011, she started her career at Fusion as a math and science teacher.  Venessa spent several years in the classroom, joyfully sharing her passion for scientific inquiry with her students.  During that time, she served as the Math and Science Department Head, beginning her role as a coach for the other teachers on her campus.  In 2013, fueled by a desire to have an even greater impact on student achievement and growth, Venessa stepped into the role of Assistant Director. In the four years to follow, Venessa provided ongoing training and development, supporting teachers as they worked to provide a world-class educational experience for their students.

Dedicated to working toward the continued growth of each student on the Mission Viejo campus, Venessa is thrilled to use her role as Head of School to collaborate with parents, teachers, and professionals throughout their Fusion journey.

 An Orange County native, Venessa spends her free time with her husband and two beautiful children, Alexander and Claire. As a self-proclaimed ice cream aficionado, she is always on the hunt for the best locally-made ice cream.  Venessa also loves discovering new vegetarian restaurants – most people are surprised to learn that she’s been vegetarian since the age of 13!