Erik Medina

Erik Medina is a bright and outstanding young man who is both a student as well as an Associate Professor as an Instructional Assistant. Erik did a phenomenal job supporting students as a volunteer for a quarter at CAA’s Digital Media Lab. Erik is so happy to be part of CAA – he loves his bosses, his CAA colleagues, and his fellow CAA students. CAA looks forward to continue helping Erik grow into an incredible leader, giving him an opportunity to be a successful contributing citizen through sharing his skills in computers, gaming, various content areas, and being in helpful and kind to everyone he meets.

Roland Schmidt

Armed with a degree in Communications from Sonoma state University in 2019, Roland began his career at CAA as an Associate Professor and site manager, eventually leading to his first role as the lead professor for the class “The Art of Healthful Cooking”. His passion for special education —among other interests—is immense and, without question, a driving force in his pursuit to make the world a better place than he found it.

Jennifer Hall

Last year Jennifer Hall was interning at CAA, but now she is a teacher’s aid in the Associate Professor Tech position for Music and Dance. When she is not working at CAA, you can find her as a bagger at Safeway, and if you asked her who her biggest supporter is she will most likely say her husband Steve Hall, who coincidentally also works at CAA as an Associate Professor.
In 2018, she tried out for America’s Got Talent along with Professor Jay Torres and because of that experience has returned to not only help the dance teacher but also spread her love for dance.

Nicole Matarangas

Nicole is a former medic who loves to help people. Now as dynamic Dance and Fitness/Wellness Professional she takes a hands-on approach. A Certified Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Brains and Balance 60+ Specialist, Pound Pro, Zumba Instructor and Dance Instructor qualified by expertise in health, fitness and wellness. She has over 20 years of experience as a professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer. Recognized for dedication to sharing knowledge of health and wellness along with a technical instructional style that fosters overall advancement in fitness of mind, body and spirit.  Having worked domestically and internationally in musical theater, commercials, music videos, concert events and carnival parades, Nicole shares this real-world experience in a way that is both inspiring and genuine.

American Dance Therapy Association Member

Dance Movement Therapy Student


Steve Hall

Steve is an Associate Professor in the schools of Music and Dance. He is concurrently a Lyft driver and husband of CAA student ambassador Jennifer Hall. Steve is an alumnus of Chandler-Tripp and now returns to the school with the Children’s Music Sing Along Troupe to help teach the children songs and promote inclusivity and joy. CAA is so honored and proud to have CAA on the Superstaff leadership team.

John Heathcote

Jon is a gifted historian who is a former student as well as being a student at DeAnza College.  Jon is passionate about history, poetry, and gaming.  He is gentle, compassionate, responsible and makes a superb site supervisor and Associate Professor at College of Adaptive Arts.

Hannah Thrasher

Hannah is an Associate Professor and the resident Stage Manager of the School of Theatre. With a long and robust background in professional technical theatre specializing in stage management and sound design, Hannah joined CAA’s Superstaff in the summer of 2017 and works to provide the theatre students with a professional theatrical experience. She is happy to use her talents and skills to enhance the educational and performance experience of CAA’s students and productions.

James Fu

James is a new Site Supervisor and Associate Professor at College of adaptive Arts. He started out as a volunteer and did an outstanding job in this capacity. He has a degree in history from San Jose State University. CAA is so proud to have in on our CAA Superstaff Mountain Movers Team.

Angel Gonzalez

Angel joined the CAA Superstaff this past summer and has truly blossomed and helped this organization grow and become a most welcoming environment.  Angel is also a student at San Jose City College studying Psychology and Leadership.  Angel is gifted in putting students and everyone at ease and bringing out the best in us all.  We don’t know how we ever ran this college without Angel’s warm and welcoming smile.

Anthony Nguyen

Anthony Nguyen is a Marketing and Social Media Specialist at the College of Adaptive Arts. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Jose State University in fall 2014.

Recently, he received the Community Builders Award from Work2Future and he was named 2017 KPRR volunteer of the year.

Anthony enjoys all types of music genres, staring at the sky and stars, reading poetry, and he is trying to read more about
Western and Eastern philosophy.