OC Campus Staff & Founders

Cassi Clausen was the original founder of The Open School, and began the journey in February 2012. She has three kids who all attend The Open School. She has a Bachelors from Westmont College, a Masters of Education from UM St Louis, and a Masters of Arts from University of London, Goldsmith’s College. Cassi has dedicated her life to giving a voice to kids, and advocating for respectful parenting and education. She often speaks at conferences, college classes, and events, and you can request her to speak at yours.

Aaron Browder is a programmer, writer, and chronic dabbler in creative pursuits. He attained a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Oklahoma, then spent five years developing software before coming to The Open School. He recently completed the fourth draft of a children’s fantasy novel, which he hopes to publish someday. He enjoys riding his bike, playing Magic: the Gathering, and reading nonfiction books on science, philosophy, and education. Read more about Aaron in this article.

Miré Molnar is a graphic designer, entrepreneur, childbirth educator, jewelry designer, and mother. She has a BS in Sociology from New College of California, and an MA in Media Design from Full Sail University. Though she was dissatisfied with her own grade school experience, attending an alternative college opened her eyes to the possibilities of positive, joyful education. She likes doing yoga, spending time in nature, making crafts, and traveling. Read more about Miré in this interview.

Eric Barajas is a recent addition to The Open School and is working at both the Orange County site and the Riverside County site. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education Studies in 2018. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, Eric worked as a special education teacher at a public charter high school in South LA. His observations and experiences as both a teacher and a student as well as his readings of authors including John Taylor Gatto, Daniel Greenberg, and Murray Rothbard have led him to be very critical of traditional schooling and teaching methods, which in turn, has caused him to learn about alternative education options.

Ben Page helped found The Open School and worked as a staff during its first two years. He holds a BA in religious studies from Carleton College and an MA in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. He is a certified Forest Therapy guide and a Carrier in the Way of Council, a restorative circle practice. Read more about Ben in this interview.