José Huerta, Superintendent

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José Huerta, Superintendent

Jose Huerta is the Superintendent for Local District East. As the former principal of James A. Garfield High School, he led the transformation of the school’s culture and academic performance. In addition to leading the school toward significant improvement on the CST and graduation rate, he virtually eliminated student suspensions by providing extra support to at-risk students. He has been an educator for over 26 years. As an educator, he has held different positions such as: teacher, Secondary Specialist, Parent/Community Liaison, Operations Coordinator, and Assistant Principal. Jose is a member of America Achieves Fellowship of Teachers and Principals. He was a speaker at a hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development at the California state capitol in April 2013. Jose was keynote speaker at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Leadership Institute for Principals and School Leaders and at the 2014 Northern Texas- Louisiana Mission/Educators Assembly in Dallas, Texas, and is currently a member of LAUSD’s Successful School Climate: Progressive Discipline and Safety Committee. Most recently, Jose was part of a group of 15 principals from all over the United States that joined together at the White House and at the Department of Education for two days of learning and advising on a variety of the Department’s programs, policies, and initiatives. Jose was also a finalist for the Pegasus Award for Professional Courage and Innovation in Education. Mr. Huerta’s philosophy has always been that every student can be academically successful if given the appropriate support. He is proud that he has the opportunity to work collaboratively with staff, students, and the school community on a daily basis. 

 David Baca, Administrator of Instruction

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David Baca, Administrator of Instruction

David Baca is coming back home to TEAM KID and District East after serving the Los Angeles Unified School District as principal of Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School. Prior to this position, he has served in numerous capacities, including Elementary Principal, Instructional Data Coordinator, Instructional Specialist, Instruction and Intervention Expert, Instructional Coach, and English Teacher. Dr. Baca has experience serving and leading at all levels of the system: from Pre-K to his current position as a professor for the Educational Leadership Administration and Policy doctoral program at Pepperdine University. David believes that leadership is a collaborative effort, which requires humility, strength, and a clear focus on putting students at the center of all decisions. 

 Alfonzo Webb, Administrator of Operations

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Alfonzo Webb, Administrator of Operations

Dr. Alfonzo “Al” Webb started in LAUSD as a teacher assistant at Locke High School in 1989. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles, a Master’s of Science Degree from National University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California. Al has had the pleasure of teaching Mathematics and Pre-Engineering at Locke High School and King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science prior to his calling into administration. Al earned the Junior Achievement “Teacher of the Year Award” in 2003 for his development and implementation of the Global Internet Trade Course. He has served as assistant principal at Manual Arts High School, View Park Prep Accelerated Charter High School, Bernstein High School, and at the School of Business and Tourism at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex. Dr. Webb is an experienced principal and operations coordinator. He has been highly effective in improving implementation of the Discipline Foundation Policy in his schools, establishing systems to improve student achievement, and responding to crisis in schools. Al has a passion and a talent for obtaining positive results in schools. 

 Gilberto Martinez, Parent and Community Engagement (PACE) Administrator

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Gilberto Martinez, Parent and Community Engagement (PACE) Administrator

Born and raised in Highland Park, a community in the northeast section of Los Angeles, Gilberto Martinez, is a product of Los Angeles Unified School District. He attended Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School and went on to attend California State University, Northridge where he received his B.A. and teaching credential.  Mr. Martinez attended California State University, Los Angeles where he earned two Master of Arts degrees; the first in Curriculum and Instruction and the second in Education Administration. He began his career with the Los Angeles Unified School District as a social studies teacher at Lincoln High School. He went on to become the categorical programs coordinator at Ambassador School of Global Leadership on the Robert F. Kennedy schools complex in Koreatown. He also served as an assistant principal at Garfield High School located in the heart of East Los Angeles. He has always been an advocate for students and continues to promote college preparedness for all. He has also worked with parents to assist them with building partnerships with schools.  He is currently the Parent and Community Engagement (PACE) administrator for Local District East.

 Frances Baez, Elementary Director

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Frances Baez, Elementary Director

Born and raised in Boyle Heights Frances Baez began her LAUSD education at Bridge St. ES. After graduating from UCLA she began teaching at Hillside ES as well as Adult School at Belmont, Garfield and the Whittier Union High School District. Since her early years as a student and a teacher, leadership was her passion. After coordinating and implementing various District initiatives, she became an administrator in several offices and schools within LAUSD. Her work in the Paraeducator Career Ladder Unit exposed her to grant writing and implementation of a teacher pipeline program. As an Assistant Principal and Principal, she led student achievement efforts at Gates ES, Weigand ES and Hillside ES, meeting State and NCLB targets. As a principal, Ms. Baez focused on teacher growth and development to support student achievement. She led teachers who participated in the National Board Certificate Take One program.  Her work as a Parent Involvement/Title I Coordinator in Local District 7 led her to develop a partnership with UCLA Center X in which parents in South LA attended a specialized course at UCLA to learn strategies to work in partnership with schools to improve student achievement. Ms. Baez also piloted the National Board Certificate for Principals, which led to her interest in principal growth and development. In recent years, she has been a Mentor Principal, supported the implementation of an Aspiring Principal Preparation Program and supported principals as a Staff Relations Field Director. 

 José A. Hernandez, Elementary Director

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José A. Hernandez, Elementary Director

Jose A. Hernandez has been an educator for 30 years. He has been a principal for ten years, most recently a principal at Anton Elementary School where he began a Chinese Sister School Exchange program where teachers and students visit each other’s schools in order to expose students to more diversity and increase their global perspective. He has also established partnerships with community organizations in order to maximize resources, teaming up with CSULA for the EPIC program where college students mentor and tutor Anton students and parents. He also established a partnership with the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, where students have free field trips with a tour and an art workshop to expose his students to Latin American Art. Prior to Anton ES he was an Instructional Director for 7 years in the Southeast Communities where he supported schools to improve student achievement and assisted two schools in becoming California Distinguished Schools. Leading professional development, he helped establish small cadres of administrators and learning teams to develop leadership strategies on how to influence and change school culture. Jose is an experienced keynote speaker and presenter at educational conferences, such as National Staff Development Council and Ready to Learn Conference. His talents were recongnized by ACSA as principal of the year in 2015 for having a significant impact on the Anton Elementary School community where he has developed leadership abilities among his administrative, certificated, and classified staff. His style of distributive leadership capitalizes on each staff member’s strengths in order to provide a safe learning environment for students. 

 Maricela Ramirez, Secondary Director

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Maricela Ramirez, Secondary Director

Maricela Ramirez has been with LAUSD for 18 years and is the former principal of Belvedere Middle School, where she worked to establish a college going culture. Belvedere MS works with the GO East LA initiative to create a pipeline for students from cradle to career. In addition to this, Ms. Ramirez collaborated to establish a partnership between a local elementary and high school for long term English Learners. She also helped establish partnerships to bring the arts to Belvedere and the PIQE program for parents. Prior to that, alongside teachers, as principal, she helped open the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy at Esteban E. Torres, a pilot school. She began her teaching career at Roosevelt High School as a social studies teacher where she served in multiple leadership roles. She is a graduate of LAUSD and has three children who attend LAUSD schools. 

 Christina Rico, Secondary Director

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Christina Rico, Secondary Director

Christina Rico is currently the Director of Secondary Schools in Local District East. She has worked for the District for more than 17 years in various school-based and non-school based positions including Director of Educational Option Schools, principal, and Director of Professional Learning and Leadership Development. As Director of Educational Option Schools, she supervised 39 Continuation High Schools. Ms. Rico also served as principal of Hollenbeck Middle School. As the Director of Professional Learning and Leadership Development, she oversasw professional development for 37 REED Investment Schools.  She began her career with LAUSD as a middle school history teacher at Gage Middle School and has held several other positions such as EL Coordinator, Title I Coordinator and assistant principal. 

 Dalys A. Stewart, Elementary Director

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Dalys A. Stewart, Elementary Director

An educator for 29 years, Dr. Dalys A. Stewart was most recently the school administrator and leader of learning at Morris K. Hamasaki Elementary in East Los Angeles, where she served since 2011. Before becoming an administrator, Dr. Stewart taught at the elementary level, and subsequently held other positions including Master Plan Coordinator, Literacy Coach, and Literacy Expert. As a Literacy Coordinator she facilitated extensive professional development for K- 12 teachers and administrators. Dr. Stewart is an advocate for at- risk students and she stresses the importance of good first teaching as a way to address student needs. She welcomes opportunities to learn and thrives on being a contributing member of a team that focuses on preparing students for college and career. Dr. Stewart holds a B.A. from CSUN, a Master in American Studies at Pepperdine, a Master in Educational Leadership at CSULA, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from  Pepperdine. 

 Arturo Valdez, Secondary Director

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Arturo Valdez, Secondary Director

Arturo Valdez is the former principal of Franklin High School. He has been with LAUSD for 29 years. He began his teaching career at Murchison Elementary School. He has held several positions at the district including paraprofessional, teacher, master teacher, coordinator, director, assistant principal and principal. Arturo has worked at many offices and schools including Health and Human Services, Operations, Virgil Middle School, Belmont High School, Burbank Middle School, Franklin High School and currently at Local District East. Arturo Valdez believes passionately about making a difference in the lives of our students by providing the most effective academic program. Mr. Valdez believes in working with students, parents, teachers and administrators to transform schools in order to prepare students for the 21st century. 

 Ruben Valles, Elementary Director

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Ruben Valles, Elementary Director

Ruben Valles brings over 20 years of experience as an educator to the East District. He is currently serving as a Director of Instruction for 18 schools in South Gate and Cudahy. Prior to this position, Ruben has been an elementary school teacher and an administrator for span and middle schools. He has expertise in working with English Language learners as well as with diverse communities in urban school districts. An advocate of creating schools that support all children, Ruben believes that an instructional leader who is reflective in their practice and grounded in research-based pedagogy is a driver for positive change in schools. 

 Janet Montoya, Special Education Administrator

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Janet Montoya, Special Education Administrator

Janet Montoya is currently the Special Education Administrator for Local District East.  She has dedicated 28 years providing quality service to the schools, students and communities in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her professional experience and commitment as a Special Education Administrator has provided leadership to all stakeholders around setting high expectations for students with disabilities. She has also provided leadership and support towards closing the achievement gap for students with disabilities in integrated settings.  Ms. Montoya has served in various capacities for the Division of Special Education which include teacher, Professional Development Advisor, Least Restrictive Environment Specialist, Unit Coordinator District E, Administrator of Special Education Local Districts 4 and 5, and Special Education Service Center East Administrator. She believes that we should ensure that “All students are Life-Ready, College Prepared and/or Career Ready for the 21st Century.”  Ms. Montoya has been instrumental in supporting and developing teams in analyzing, strategizing and implementing systems to address compliance regarding the Modified Consent Decree component as well as Federal, State, and District mandates. She has also coordinated and developed District-wide professional development for teachers, administrators and parents in an effort to build the capacity of all stakeholders in the area of Special Education.

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 Maryhelen Torres, Operations Coordinator

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Maryhelen Torres, Operations Coordinator

Maryhelen Torres is starting her 32nd year with LAUSD. As the former principal at Euclid Ave and Cesar Chavez Elementary Schools. She has served in administrative positions for 14 years as both principal and assistant principal. She has worked in many geographic areas of the District from Venice to East Los Angeles. She began her career with LAUSD as an After School Playground Supervisor and paraprofessional. Maryhelen’s purpose in entering the field of education was to work with her community as a partner to develop a sense of pride and accomplishment in building leaders of tomorrow. As a principal, she recognized that only by securing the participation of all stakeholders, could schools truly be effective in maximizing the potential of every student. It is her hope that our community be a place where people offer strength and support to each other. 

 Nancy Chavez, Operations Coordinator

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Nancy Chavez, Operations Coordinator

Nancy is proud to say that she has served the students and families of LAUSD since 1996. Starting her career as a middle school teacher at Elizabeth Learning Center in Cudahy she transitioned from teaching to counseling at Huntington Park High School where she developed a passion for dropout prevention. Later, she served the community of Wilson High School by decreasing the dropout rate and connecting at-risk students to alternative education opportunities and resources. While at El Sereno Middle School she developed as an administrator by overseeing the history and electives instructional departments, as well as counseling and attendance. Her educational background includes a MA in School Based Family Counseling and Dropout Prevention and Recovery. Nancy Chavez is a proud graduate of Franklin High School and a life-long learner of LAUSD looking to serve students, parents and educators. 

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 Paul Hernandez, Operations Coordinator

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Paul Hernandez, Operations Coordinator

Mr. Paul Hernandez was born and raised in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles and is a graduate of John Marshall HS in LAUSD. He was a member of the US Navy for five and half years before returning to Los Angeles and going back to school. He earned his BA in Child Development and MA in Educational Leadership from California State University Los Angeles. Mr. Hernandez started his teaching career in LAUSD at Manchester Avenue School and then moved to Weigand Avenue School as a Program Coordinator. Mr. Hernandez served as a Dual Immersion Coordinator in Compton USD, and was then promoted to Principal. As Principal, he led Thomas Jefferson Elementary out of Program Improvement 5 (PI5) status, and was asked to move to Dr. Ralph Bunche Middle School, another PI school in Compton. In two years at Bunche he was able to transform a chronically underperforming school into a school that, (based on 2009 -2010 CST results) exceeded their API target, met Safe Harbor AYP targets for all student subgroups, and  was in position to exit Program Improvement status. In 2010, Mr. Hernandez joined the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools as Principal of Edwin Markham Middle School. The year before he took over at Markham students had been suspended for a total of 1,200 days of lost instruction. Over the four years at Markham he reduced suspensions of African American students by 59%. Paul is an advocate and a model of transforming the culture and climate of schools into positive safe places for learning. 

 Abraham Casavi, Teaching and Learning Coordinator

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Abraham Casavi, Teaching and Learning Coordinator

Abraham Casavi started with the LAUSD in 2002 as a member of the Teaching Fellow’s Cohort, which recruited aspiring teachers into a career in the field of education.  He worked in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles for 12 years -first as a teacher at 10th Street Elementary and then as instructional coach at Esperanza Elementary.  Mr. Casavi transitioned into administration as a Teaching and Learning Observer with the Talent Management Division where he was responsible for supporting the Teacher Growth and Development Cycle initiative at four middle schools: Clinton, El Sereno, Griffith, and Los Angeles Academy, respectively.  Currently, Abraham begins his second year as the Teaching and Learning Coordinator assigned to support all schools in Local District East and he is proud to be a member of Team Kid.  He has facilitated numerous trainings for parents, teachers, and administrators and appreciates the collaborative nature of the work. Abraham holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business from California State University Fullerton and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from California State University Northridge.

 Reyna Corral, Title I Coordinator

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Reyna Corral, Title I Coordinator

Reyna Corral received a B.A. from USC in Social Studies and Communications.  Go Trojans!  After college, Reyna worked in the Public Relations department writing T.V. Guide program descriptions for KTLA, Channel 5.  In 1991, she followed her heart and pursued a career in education which led to obtaining a teaching credential from CSUN. She received her Masters in Educational Administration along with an Administrative Services Credential from Cal State LA. Reyna served as a teacher for ten years, as an English Learner Advisor, an elementary school Assistant Principal, a Local District 6 Categorical Programs Coordinator and a Program Improvement Coordinator.  For the past three years Reyna was one of the Title I Coordinators for Educational Service Center East. She is honored to have the opportunity to continue serving the East area as one of the Title I Coordinators. Her goal for the 2015-2016 school year is to collaborate with Team Kid to ensure data-driven, results-based, academic support services and resources are effectively provided to the Local District East schools resulting in improved learning for all students.

 

 Susanne Fisher, Elementary ELD Coordinator

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Susanne Fisher, Elementary ELD Coordinator

Susanne T. Fisher has proudly served LAUSD in the East area for 18 years. She has experience as a classroom teacher, mentor teacher, Instructional Coach, Intervention Coordinator, GATE Coordinator, and Categorical Programs Advisor. Susanne's most recently position was at Sierra Vista Elementary where she is credited with increasing the reclassification rates of English Learners through professional development, quality instruction, and intervention. Susanne assisted in the development of a successful Learning Center that supported the instructional needs of students. She designed a Parent Center where parents felt welcome, attended workshops on instruction, and were involved in their child's achievement. She is dedicated to increasing student achievement and promoting a positive school culture. Susanne is an experienced educator and life-long leader of learning, and is excited to be a member of Team Kid!

 

 Monica Esparza, Elementary Math Coordinator

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Monica Esparza, Elementary Math Coordinator

Monica Esparza has been with LAUSD for 17 years -13 of which were spent in the classroom. Her teaching experience ranges from Kindergarten to 5th grade, including a Spanish Dual Language program.  Most recently, Ms. Esparza completed her Master’s Degree through UCLA’s Principal Leadership Institute. Ms. Esparza is committed to high student achievement and social justice. She maintains that high expectations for all stakeholders are key in education.  Most recently, as a Common Core Math Expert, Ms. Esparza had the opportunity to work with students, teachers, parents, and administrators emphasizing the importance of quality math instruction through professional development and sound instructional practice. Her passion for quality math instruction is the driving force in all she does.

 Tiffany Melgar, Elementary Literacy Coordinator

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Tiffany Melgar, Elementary Literacy Coordinator

Tiffany Melgar first walked into room 25 at Logan Street Elementary as a kindergarten student.  Sixteen years later, she walked back into that same classroom as a kindergarten teacher.  Having been blessed with great teachers, she felt compelled to return to the very same neighborhood she grew up in to inspire and motivate the new generation of students as her former teachers had done for her. Every day of her last sixteen years as an educator, she’s worked tirelessly to refine her knowledge of pedagogy to close the achievement gap, transform learning, and inspire excellence. Having held various out of classroom positions at school sites and District offices, Tiffany firmly believes that if a child cannot “learn the way you teach, you must teach the way they learn.” In the classroom, she worked to give students opportunities that would pave the way for a successful future, being both college and career ready. Out of the classroom, she trained and collaborated with teachers to bring best practices into their daily instruction while supporting administrators to promote both innovative and effective practices.  As she continues her work as the Elementary Literacy Coordinator, she hopes to support teachers in schools to refine their language arts instruction.

 Taneda Hailey, Secondary Literacy Coordinator

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Taneda Hailey, Secondary Literacy Coordinator

Taneda Hailey joins the Local District East team as the Secondary Literacy Coordinator. She is excited about the new opportunity to support school sites with providing students with access to rigorous and relevant content. Taneda began her tenure with LAUSD as an English teacher at Foshay Learning Center. Later, she served as the Secondary Literacy Advisor for the former Local District 7 as well as the Secondary Literacy Instructional Specialist for the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and School Support. Recently, she was an Assistant Principal at West Adams Preparatory High School. These experiences helped to shape her belief in the power of creating professional learning communities where teams can learn and grow together to maximize student success. Taneda graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from San Diego State University.  She earned a Masters of Arts in Education with a concentration in leadership from California State University Dominquez Hills. Taneda is committed to working with schools to embed effective research based practices into the instructional program to ensure that students are college ready and career prepared. 

 Alison O’Quinn, Standard English Learners Coordinator

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Alison O’Quinn, Standard English Learners Coordinator

Alison O’Quinn has been an educator for 25 years.  She started her work in education as a teacher assistant.  Before becoming a coordinator for Standard English Learners, Mrs. O’ Quinn taught elementary school and held a variety of positions that expanded her experiences and expertise.  Her work in supporting the Standard English Learners began then as facilitator for the Language Development Program for African American Students, and later the Academic English Learners Program.  Prior to becoming an SEL Coordinator, she worked in various capacities in LAUSD and other districts including, but limited to, assistant principal, principal, RLA Administrator, Intervention Coordinator and Title 1 Coordinator.  She has consistently supported the at-risk students and their teachers, working to meet their education and social needs.  She is eager to provide support and resources for teachers and leadership teams, especially in meeting the needs of Standard English Learners in the East. Alison O’Quinn is passionate about providing opportunities for academic success for all students.

 Claudia Ramirez, Secondary ELD Coordinator

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Claudia Ramirez, Secondary ELD Coordinator

“Never forget your raíces” are the words that resonate and drive the work of Ms. Claudia Ramirez, a National Board Certified teacher who has served students, parents, and communities in both South Central Los Angeles and El Sereno.  With the Team Kid spirit, she engages parents through dialogue and actionable measures that impact student achievement for our students.  Her work is evident in the capacity built at the schools she has served.  Ms. Ramirez has delivered professional development that aligns the Common Core State Standards and English Language Development (ELD) Standards with effective classroom practices to increase proficiency for English learner students.  As an Intervention Specialist, Ms. Ramirez worked collaboratively with local districts’ instructional programs where she assisted in facilitating teachers’ expertise in the lesson designs of Treasures.  In supporting students, Ms. Ramirez reinforced best practices in the classrooms through lesson studies that incorporated standards-based and integrated ELD tasks in all core content areas for ELs, Standard English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted and talented education students. Ms. Ramirez embraces the work ahead and hopes to bring together communities of learners whose voices will transcend and transform future generations with their own spirit of never forgetting where they come from. 

 Audrey Wu, Title I Coordinator

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Audrey Wu, Title I Coordinator

As a refugee from Cambodia, Audrey Wu treasures and values the freedom and opportunities America has to offer, and she believes in quality public education.  She is currently the Title I Coordinator for Local District East. This is her 23rdyear serving the students and staff of LAUSD.  She is proud of the personalized technical assistance that she has provided to our schools in the area of Title I Program where she worked alongside the most dedicated teachers, administrators and staff during Federal Program Monitoring (FPM), SPSA plan writing and budget development processes.  She began her career as an elementary classroom teacher at 28th Street ES and Castelar ES.  She has also held numerous positions including Categorical Program Advisor, Title I Specialist for Local District E, Specialist with FSEP Branch, and Assistant Principal at Multnomah ES.  She is excited to be back at Local District East and is looking forward to working along side and learning from the most talented instructional leaders that make up TEAM KID. Together, with common goals to prepare all students to be college prepared and career ready, TEAM KID will provide quality professional development that builds staff capacity to lead and close the achievement gap for socially and economically disadvantaged students.

 

 Rosanna Carosa, Counseling Coordinator

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Rosanna Carosa, Counseling Coordinator

Born in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles and raised by a single mother, Rosanna understood at a very young age the value education has as a pathway to life options.  As an educator, she takes pride in providing support, motivation and guidance to help students make positive decisions, develop life and career goals and achieve their full potential. Rosanna began her career with LAUSD in 1992, as a teacher’s assistant at Ford Blvd. Elementary, later becoming a Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher there. Rosanna has served as an academic counselor at Garfield High School, Teacher Advisor at Garfield Adult School, Assistant Principal of School Counseling Services at Eagle Rock Jr/Sr. High School and Belvedere Middle School. Rosanna understands the power of collaborating with the LAUSD community of schools so that together they can continue enhancing the opportunities for all our youth and preparing them for their future success!  We do what we do, because it’s all about the kids!

 Maritza Maldonado, EL Compliance

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Maritza Maldonado, EL Compliance

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Maritza Maldonado is a product of LAUSD. After graduating from the University of California Riverside, she began teaching at Mayberry Street Elementary. While at Mayberry she worked tirelessly to support the school in improving academic outcomes for all students. As a coordinator she trained and supported teachers with data-driven small group intervention, and most recently lead a team in establishing the Dual Language Program. Maritza is currently a Lead presenter for Central for TRC and has participated in multiple fellowship programs. Ms. Maldonado holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. Ms. Maldonado is excited to be working collaboratively amongst exceptional educators and looks forward to serving the East community.

 David Billett, Instructional Technology Specialist

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David Billett, Instructional Technology Specialist

David Billett began his career in education as a volunteer ESL teacher with El Rescate in Los Angeles where he found his calling. After four years of service with the United States Peace Corps teaching English in Hungary, David was awarded a DeWitt-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Southern California, where he earned his M.S.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching in 1997. While attending USC, David began teaching ESL and English at Gage Middle School, where he also served as a Magnet Coordinator and Technology Resource Teacher. At Gage Middle School, David developed and taught an award winning Media Arts curriculum and earned several grants, including On Location: Spotlight on Your Community from the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts. In 1999, David was among the first in LAUSD to earn National Board Certification.  David conducted research within LAUSD exploring the relationship between school site technology leaders, change agency and instructional technology integration, and earned his Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University in 2013. David continues to follow his commitment to progressive  public service and his passion for instructional technology integration as Local District East’s Instructional Technology Specialist.

 

Arts Integration Specialist

Ms. Silvia Tinajero

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Masters in Educational Administration, Administrative Credential California State University, Dominguez Hills Bachelors of Fine Arts, Option: Art Education California State University, Long Beach Associates Degree in Art Cerritos College, Norwalk CA. Associates Degree in General Studies Cerritos College, Norwalk CA. My passion has always been to make a greater impact in bringing more opportunities to our students who depend on the arts as an outlet, passion and possible professional future. I am excited about this new venture in growing the Arts in LD East from East LA down to South Gate, it is my hope to begin to build many great relationships with students, teachers, administrators and schools!

Ms. Silvia Tinajero

 

 

 Craig Sipes, Science Specialist (K-12)

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Craig Sipes, Science Specialist (K-12)

The teaching and learning of science is a passion for Craig. For the last 14 years, Craig has served as a teacher of all of the earth and physical sciences at his beloved Washington Prep High School. As well as earning a National Board Certificate in Physics, he has served as the MESA Advisor, Academic Decathlon Coach, Volleyball Coach and Lead Teacher of the Engineering and Technology Small Learning Community. Recently, Craig has been involved in developing an educational partnership between LAUSD and T4T, a local non-profit, to support Next Generation Science teaching and learning infused with environmental sustainability.

 Pamela Carreón, Spanish Translator/Interpreter

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Pamela Carreón, Spanish Translator/Interpreter

Pamela is a California Certified Court Interpreter who joined LAUSD in February 2015. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Spanish from U.C. Davis and lived in Spain for three years. Pamela was born in the heart of Los Angeles and raised in the Whittier Unified School District. Her family is in Ecuador and Mexico. Currently, she leads a Spanish contemporary literature book club and dances salsa on the weekends. You can ask her about anything from grammar usage to ballet folclórico mexicano or flamenco!

 M. Susana Alcalá, Parent Educator Coach

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M. Susana Alcalá, Parent Educator Coach

Susana has been serving the communities of Local District East in LAUSD since 2002, beginning her career as an elementary school teacher, where she immediately noticed the benefits of parental involvement in the educational process. She also had the opportunity to serve as a Literacy Coach and Intervention Coordinator where her passion for literacy was expanded through planning school and community events such as Family Literacy Night. These events served as a vehicle for donating books to children in need. As Intervention Coordinator at Trinity Elementary School, she sharpened her skills in data analysis and differentiated instruction to target all student populations. After her work in elementary school, where she taught every grade level and served in out of classroom positions, Susana served the Belmont community at the middle school level, as a teacher, and Instructional Coach at John Liechty Middle School. Susana is a product of LAUSD as an English Learner who moved through the foster care system. She understands both personally and professionally the importance of a good education and the opportunities that it will provide for the students of our communities. She will continue to serve and strive to reach all children through literacy, education, and parent involvement.

 

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