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    About Us


     
    Welcome to the A-G Intervention and Support department.  We are committed to creating high-quality systems of support for college and career readiness in middle and high schools, persistence into and through college, and to a culture of lifelong learning and happiness - in building capacity for postsecondary readiness. 

    Our work encompasses A-G access and course completion, credit recovery options, postsecondary readiness strategies, and preparation for higher education. We actively seek and maintain strong partnerships to enrich schools’ programming, and collaborate with research organizations and other urban school districts to find, share, and implement best practices for student success. We successfully obtain grants that continue to be instrumental in expanding schools’ ability to improve the futures of every student in L.A. Unified.

    Our Team   

    Our team of committed teachers, counselors, and administrators brings a wide spectrum of expertise in college and career access to our work.  We aim to identify priorities and goals and meet these with research-based, innovative services designed to significantly increase engagement and success in high school. Examining and responding to data sources informs our work, and is instrumental in ensuring that Los Angeles Unified School District students graduate college and career ready.

     

  Carol Alexander, Director, A-G Intervention and Support

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LMU

Carol Alexander, Director, A-G Intervention and Support

Why I am passionate about my job?
Ms. Alexander’s passion is to make a positive difference in the lives of L.A. Unified students. She is a warrior for equity and access, and relentless in securing resources for District youth

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Ms. Alexander loves to spend time with her family – children, horses, chickens, cats and dogs - including Stella, who recently graduated Cum Laude from puppy school! She is happy when relaxing in peaceful California coastal retreats, going to the movies, or at home listening to NPR and catching up with British TV shows. A research geek, she loves to stay current with professional books and publications.

Ms. Alexander began her career with L.A. Unified as a middle school history teacher in 1987 and since then has worked in all aspects of educational leadership.  Her energy for building strong programs, collaborating with partners, and maintaining college going cultures drives the A-G team’s mission for every child to realize his or her aspirations.

 Cindy Lin, College Counseling Coordinator

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UCLA LMU CSULA

Cindy Lin, College Counseling Coordinator

Why I am passionate about my job?
Ms. Lin is passionate about counseling, and an advocate for social justice in education. She finds the biggest rewards in helping students to access the resources they need to persevere throughout school and graduate ready for postsecondary success.

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Outside of her work Ms. Lin enjoys hiking and traveling with her family and friends. She has traveled widely outside the US and loves to be among diverse people, cultures and landscapes. When at home she is an adventurous cook, listens to roots Americana jazz, and writes in her journal

A proud graduate of El Camino Real High School, Ms. Lin has dedicated her career in L.A. Unified to the world of secondary school counseling. Beginning at Columbus Middle School, she served the communities of middle schools in Local Districts Northwest and West including Porter and Bancroft. Ms. Lin also spent time as a Head Counselor at Arleta New Tech High School in Local District Northeast. In all her positions she played a lead role in student engagement and readiness for the transition to higher education and career. In 2016 she joined the central office Secondary Counseling Department, collaborating on projects to support school site counselors. Now with the A-G team, she coordinates the work of Local District college counselors. Ms. Lin is a first-generation college grad, and a role model to her younger family members.

 Micaela Vazquez-Hahn, College Readiness Coordinator

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LACC CSLA CSUN CSUB

Micaela Vazquez-Hahn, College Readiness Coordinator

Why I am passionate about my job?
Ms. Vazquez-Hahn is a champion of students’ rights and a tireless advocate for equity in K-16 education. She is motivated by students’ personal stories of success that result from her projects; knowing that her team’s work has a positive impact on our communities is the greatest reward of all.

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When she’s not at work, Ms. Vazquez-Hahn enjoys roller coaster rides, spending time with her amazing family, baking delectable desserts, reading espionage and mystery fiction, traveling anywhere in world, and ice cream cakes. 

Ms. Vazquez-Hahn has worked in education for her entire career.  Beginning as a teacher assistant in middle school, she discovered her passion for working with students at this critical, loveable (and sometimes chaotic!) transitional stage to adulthood. From there, she became a special education teacher, developing personalized teaching strategies to meet each child’s needs. Ms. Vazquez-Hahn went on to build experience supporting college and career readiness with the GEAR UP grants; she is dedicated to all students and especially those facing greater challenges.  She has an extensive track record coordinating college access programs and grants, and continues to attract partnerships that directly benefit our students. She is a product of LAUSD, a graduate of John Marshall High School, and was the first member of her family to go to college.

 Sian Eddington, A-G Advisor

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• City of Birmingham University, U.K. • CSU Dominguez Hills

Sian Eddington, A-G Advisor

Why I am passionate about my job?
Ms. Eddington loves school! She is dedicated to  students who sometimes struggle with making their way through education, and supporting them to thrive and realize their full potential. In whichever field they choose - engineer, poet, entrepreneur or activist - she commits to finding the postsecondary path that’s the best fit for every scholar.

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When not at work, Ms. Eddington likes to spend time at home cooking, gardening, and working on construction projects. An avid reader, she is a fan of YA fiction and the social/cultural history of America.

Ms. Eddington joined L.A. Unified in 2002 as a District Intern and was a middle school educator for 11 happy years, teaching English, Yearbook, and coaching for the Academic Pentathlon team and Students Run LA. She then served middle and high schools as a literacy expert and Common Core instructional coach before joining the A-G team in 2015. Here, she wrote curriculum for credit recovery courses and supports school/community partnerships for teacher and student success. In 2000, Ms. Eddington emigrated to Los Angeles from the UK where she had a career in architecture and design.

 Maryanne Sarreal, Administrative Analyst

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Sebastian College 
Master’s in Business Administration (Manila, Philippines) College of the Holy Spirit Bachelor’s Degree in Banking & Finance (Manila, Philippines)

Maryanne Sarreal, Administrative Analyst

Why I am passionate about my job?
Ms. Sarreal has always had an affinity for numbers and is comfortable working with them. Her ability to find patterns and trends in an array of results, and make these clear to others, is very rewarding to her. Ms. Sarreal also enjoys teaching others how to work with data and assisting . She is thankful to her mother and father, a doctor and journalist, who encouraged and supported her to achieve her goals.

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Ms. Sarreal likes to spend time shopping and traveling with family and friends. She serves her church community and enjoys helping helping others.

Ms. Sarreal started her career with LAUSD in 1999 as an Office Assistant.  She has worked in several departments and occupied various positions since that time. She has an affinity with numerical codes, and loves all aspects of the world of data. Ms. Sarreal joined the A-G team as Administrative Analyst in 2018; her expertise examining and extrapolating data sources is essential to every aspect of the team’s work.

 Ronnette Askins, Senior Office Technician

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Gardena High School

Ronnette Askins, Senior Office Technician

Why I am passionate about my job?
Ms. Askins enjoys every aspect of supporting her team in their work to improve children’s lives. Her talents for administration and patience with the team’s many tasks and deadlines are much appreciated!

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Outside of work, Ms. Askins likes going out to eat, shopping, and hanging out with her friends and family.  She relaxes on mini vacations, and finds much peace when doing absolutely nothing.