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I Can Academy

We are committed to empowering young minds through personalized education, while fostering a nurturing and supportive environment. Learn more about our mission and the journey that shapes our students’ success.


Why Choose I Can Academy

Welcome to I Can Academy, a special after-school tutoring center designed for K-12th grade scholars like your child! Our 8-week small group programs, led by experienced, credentialed teachers, are grounded in the Common Core State Standards, ensuring a top-notch educational experience for all students. We focus on small-group learning, nurturing academic achievement, strong relationships, and the well-being of our students in a supportive environment.

At I Can Academy, we understand that every child is unique, which is why we offer a variety of programs covering different subjects and grade levels. Our goal is to provide personalized learning experiences that boost your child’s confidence in their academic abilities. We also believe in engaging parents and keeping you well-informed about your child’s progress because we know that family involvement is crucial for success.

As recent “No Homework” policies have created a growing need for after-school support, we are here to assist students and parents in navigating the evolving educational landscape. With our emphasis on small-group learning, your child will thrive not only academically but also socially and emotionally. Join us at I Can Academy to empower your child’s learning journey and unlock their full potential!

Our Visionary Founder

Meet Shaina De Fusco Founder, Passionate Educator, the heart and soul behind I Can Academy! As the owner, lead tutor, teacher trainer, and curriculum designer, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to our educational journey. A native of Orange County, CA, Shaina cherishes her strong family ties and is happily married to Michael, with their cherished 2 1/2-year-old daughter.

With a degree in business marketing from SDSU, and a Masters in the Arts of Education and a teaching credential from UCI, Shaina is passionate about empowering young minds. She delights in witnessing those magical “lightbulb moments” that spark learning in children. Outside of work, Shaina enjoys reading, playing tennis, and embracing the magic of Disneyland.

Shaina’s experience in the classroom is vast. She taught at an international baccalaureate school in Chicago teaching 4th, 5th, and 1st. She also taught at a full inclusion charter school in Los Angeles and was lead/mentor teacher for over 10 students from Loyola Marymount University. She taught for a year at a Reggio inspired private school before her most recent role as an instructional coach for a local school district supporting and mentoring TK-6th grade teachers.

Her deepest commitment lies in creating a safe and nurturing learning space, breaking down barriers in education, and inspiring the future generation. Join us as we embark on a remarkable journey of growth and excellence, shaped by Shaina’s unwavering dedication and passion.



Our Mission

Our Mission

To empower students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to achieve their fullest potential through personalized, innovative, and engaging learning experiences.


The Vision

To become the leading tutoring academy in the region, recognized for our commitment to academic excellence, holistic student development, and fostering a lifelong passion for learning.


Core Values

Personalized Learning
Academic Excellence
Holistic Development


Empowering Affirmations to Unlock Potential

At I Can Academy, we firmly believe in nurturing a growth mindset to foster improved self-esteem and academic performance. Our I Can Affirmations play a vital role in this approach, empowering students with positive statements that shape their mindset and boost their belief in their abilities.
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I can excel. I can strive for academic excellence and achieve greatness.
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I can learn. I can embrace personalized learning and unlock my full potential.
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I can grow. I can nurture my holistic development and become a well-rounded individual.
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I can contribute. I can contribute to my community and make a positive impact on the world around me.
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I can soar. I can embrace innovation and explore new horizons in my learning journey.

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Our Goal is Your Student’s Success


We are so excited to be a part of I Can Academy! Shaina is an incredible teacher who knows what children need. She is positive, encouraging, and truly believes in each and every child. Any student who becomes a part of this center, will know…They Can Achieve!

— Eryka
(Mom to Lorelei and Isla)



I have had the privilege to teach with Shaina for 5 years at a full inclusion charter school. She is incredible at what she does and I will be making sure my children Liam (age 7) and Johnny (age 4) have the opportunity to learn at I Can Academy.

— Ashley Redanz



I Can Academy is truly what Orange County needs! Shaina was an amazing Instructional Coach for Saddleback Valley and she will continue to rise and support more students at her new venture. She knows what’s best for students and will do what is needed to help them learn!

— Nicole Walker
Instructional Coach for SVUSD