Dani Ryckman

Head of School

Dani has been a respected member of the FEG team for over 5 years.  She first joined FEG in 2010 when she pioneered the opening of Fusion Academy, Los Gatos as their founding Head of School where she helped build the new school into one of the most successful Fusion schools in the nation.  She then went on to join Barnstable Academy (Fusion’s sister school in Oakland, NJ) as their Head of School where she successfully created and implemented new cutting edge programming to help support Barnstable Academy’s growth.  Dani first found Fusion when she was working as Program Specialist in a non-public, Special Education school through attending a Coffee Chat event in 2010 on the newly opened Fusion Pasadena campus.  Needless to say, she is now thrilled to be returning to her roots in Pasadena where she first fell in love with Fusion.

Dani is passionate about working with students who do not fit well into the traditional school model as well as working with the families who support them.

She worked as a school administrator for over 10 years on the East and West Coasts. She earned her Master of Education (Ed.M.) from Harvard University. Her undergraduate work was completed at California State University, Northridge where she majored in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Psychology. She credits much of her success working with students who learn differently to her personal education background and studies which have focused on education, development and psychology.

Dani also studied music for three years at Citrus College where she had the incredible opportunity to travel around the world performing classical music in Europe and pop/rock music in Hawaii. Dani led workshops at multiple international conferences focused on blending music into the work that professionals do with children living in out-of-home care around the world. Dani has two beautiful little girls who are 3 and 6 (going on 16!) as well as a wonderful husband that performs a mean karaoke version of “Love Shack” with her. She may deny it, but at one point they were a husband/wife karaoke hosting duo in restaurants throughout Southern California!