Phone: 213-487-0600

Christy Acevedo

Academic Coach

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Credential(s):
Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross
Education:
Associate in Arts for Transfer (in progress)
Los Angeles City College

Tiana Alvarez

Dance and Physical Education Teacher

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Credential(s):

Clear Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Arts, Media, and Entertainment
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Career Technical Education Clear Credential Program
University of San Diego

Single Subject (Secondary Education) Clear Credential Program (in progress)
California State University, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts, Dance
University of California, Los Angeles

Jessica Argueta

School Aide

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Credential(s):
Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross
Education:

Associate of Arts, Early Childhood Education (in progress)
Long Beach City College

John Arias

History-Social Science Teacher

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Favorite Quote: “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” By William Jennings Bryan

Welcome: My name is John Arias. I have over 14 years of experience in the teaching profession. As a history educator it is important to adapt always and be very passionate each and everyday. I am very honored and excited to be part of the LAAAE team!

Education Philosophy: I have two priorities to teaching history: to show by example what it means to be a good human being and apply this to being a good member of our LAAAE community; to rise to the challenge of being a good citizen through education and self-governance. Time spent in class and on homework will never be wasted, but rather will always be designed for personal development and betterment.

History and Purpose: Last year was my first year teaching at LAAAE. In only a year I’ve fallen in love with the school because of the culture held dearly by its staff and students. It is a culture of caring about helping others, caring about doing your best, and caring about always doing what is good and just.

My Family and Passions: I am blessed to be married and have one son and one daughter. My passions outside of the classroom include: playing golf, tennis, ping pong, pool, reading, watching & visiting sporting events, playing video games with my son, baking desserts and spending time with my family.

Credential(s):
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Social Science
Certificate of Eligibility, Administrative Services Credential
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:
Master of Arts in Education, Educational Administration with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
California State University, Long Beach

 

Single Subject Credential Program, Social Science Education
California State University, Long Beach

 

Richard Bin

Spanish Language Arts Teacher

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Credential(s):

Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Foreign Language: Spanish
Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Master of Arts, School Leadership Program
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Single Subject (Secondary Education) Clear Credential Program
Bachelor of Arts, Spanish
California State University, Northridge

Daniel Calvo

Business Teacher

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Credential(s):

Clear Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Business and Finance
Clear Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Information and Communication Technologies
Clear Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Marketing, Sales, and Service
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Career Technical Education Clear Credential Program
University of San Diego

Master of Business Administration, Supply Chain Management
Nova Southeastern University

Bachelor of Applied Science, Supervision and Management
Miami Dade College

Associate of Arts
Miami Dade College

Mariela Calvo

Director of School Operations

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Credential(s):

Clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, General Subjects
Preliminary Resource Specialist Added Authorization
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Professional Certificate, Elementary Education
Professional Certificate, Exceptional Student Education
Florida Department of Education

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Crisis Prevention Institute

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Master of Science, Educational Leadership
Nova Southeastern University                                                          

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Florida International University

Associate of Arts
Miami Dade College

Bianca Caraza

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

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In addition to being the 11th and 12th grade English teacher, I am earning my masters of fine arts in creative writing. This year I am finishing my thesis which is a historical horror novel about life on an 1890s California rancho. I spend most of my time reading YA for my book club, baking sourdough bread, or hanging out on the beach. I have one cat who you have probably seen on zoom.
Credential(s):
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, English
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (in progress)
Mount Saint Mary’s University

Bachelor of Arts, Media, Culture, and the Arts
The King’s College

Manuel Cordova

Student Services Specialist

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Credential(s):
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

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Mercedes Cordova

Food Service Manager

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Credential(s):
California Food Handler Certificate
Food Safety Educators, ANSI Accredited

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

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Joanna Coronel

English Language Arts and ASB Teacher

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Credential(s):
Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential, English
Preliminary Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Education, Child Development, and Family Services
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Career Technical Education Clear Credential Program (in progress)
University of San Diego

Single Subject (Secondary Education) Clear Credential Program (in progress)
California State University, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts, Communicative Disorders
San Francisco State University

Associate of Arts, General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences
East Los Angeles College

Roxana Crisanto

Office Manager

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Education:

Bachelors of Arts, Psychology (in progress)
California State University, Northridge

Associate of Arts for Transfer, Liberal Arts and Transfer
Los Angeles Trade Technical College

David DeFrenza

Principal

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Credential(s):
Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Science: Biological Sciences
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Science: Chemistry
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Science: Physics
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Master of Education, Specialization in Teaching and Learning in a Global Society
National University

Bachelor of Science, Biology
University of California, Los Angeles

Diego Diaz

English Learner Paraprofessional

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Credential(s):
Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross
Education:

Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer (in progress)
Los Angeles City College

Moctesuma Esparza

Board of Directors Chair

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Education:

Master of Fine Arts, Theater, Film and Television
University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts, Theater, Film and Television
University of California, Los Angeles

Tonantzin Esparza

Board of Directors Member

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Education:

Master of Arts, Business, Entrepreneurship and Media
New York University

Bachelor of Arts, Theater
Bachelor of Arts, Chicana and Chicano Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

Rafael Flores

Van Driver

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Credential(s):
Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross
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Wilfredo Flores

Director of Grants

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Love my dog, 13 years strong. Love the dodgers, love the packers, and I recently started surfing!!!
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Education:

Certificate, Grant Writing and Administration
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Master of Public Administration
California State University, Fullerton

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
California State University, Fullerton

Susan Fox

English Language Arts Teacher

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Credential(s):
Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential, English
Clear Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, English
Seattle Pacific University

Sergio German

Digital Media Arts Teacher / Station Manager 

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For the last 10 years I have been a professional touring musician as well as a recording engineer. Im also an avid Fc barcelona fan.
Credential(s):
Clear Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Arts, Media, and Entertainment
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Career Technical Education Clear Credential Program
University of San Diego

Associate of Arts, Commercial Music (in progress)
Cerritos College

Nanzi Gonzales

Outreach

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Credential(s):
Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross
Education:
Associate of Science, Early Childhood Education (in progress)
Los Angeles City College

Amanda Goodwin

Mathematics Teacher

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Credential(s):
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Foundational-Level Mathematics
Specific Supplementary Authorization, Psychology
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Education:
Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum & Instruction (in progress)
Concordia UniversitySingle Subject Credential Program, Mathematics Education
California State University, Long Beach

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
California State University, Long Beach

Ana Grajeda

Parent Coordinator

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Credential(s):
Preliminary Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Business and Finance
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Career Technical Education Clear Credential Program (in progress)
University of San Diego

Gabriela Gutierrez

English Learner Paraprofessional

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Credential(s):
Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross
Education:
Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences (in progress)
Arizona State University

Darren Hayakawa

Physical Education Teacher / Athletic Director

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Credential(s):
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Physical Education
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Social Science
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, History
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Micaela Hernandez

School Aide

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Credential(s):
California Food Handler Certificate
Food Safety Educators, ANSI Accredited

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Santa Monica College

Kenneth Kravec

English Language Arts Teacher

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Mr. K here…. a few things about myself… Born in Miami Beach back when Jimmy Carter was considered a young man, raised to the beat of Tito Puentes, Journey, Joan Jett and Aha, I’m your typical son-of-Jewish-Cuban-immigrants story — came out to LA, graduated film school at Loyola Marymount University, worked at a production company in Santa Monica for a few years, went off on my own and with a friend, produced, wrote and directed a documentary on Fantasy Football (proud FF enthusiast since 1997), self-published a young adult, comedy novel, married a wonderful woman who told me I needed a real job, got my teaching credential, taught for a bit, and then ended up at LAAAE. I’ve surfed, bungy-jumped, hiked and camped all over the country, and I ran the LA Marathon (Oh yeah, I was a runner before I had my kids) – right, I have kids! Two wonderful, incredibly exhausting bundles of… something… a 3-year-old girl and a 15-month-old boy. Big sci-fi, film, comic book and TV person. Extremely happy to be at LAAAE!
Credential(s):
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Social Science
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, English
Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Preliminary Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Arts, Media, and Entertainment
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Education:
Multiple Subject (Elementary Education) Teaching Credential Program
California State University, Los AngelesMaster of Fine Arts, Writing for the Screen
Loyola Marymount University

 

Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication
University of Florida

Ryan Miceli

Visual Arts Teacher

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Born and raised in Long Island, New York. Husband. Father. Cat dad. Art guide for the youth. Urban explorer with a Skateboard. Film photographer. DJ. Basketball historian. Art collector.
Credential(s):
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Art
Clear Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Arts, Media, and Entertainment
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Career Technical Education Clear Credential Program
University of San Diego

University Induction Clear Credential Program
University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Long Island University

Hector Orcí

Board of Directors Vice-Chair

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Education:
Master of Arts, Economics
Tufts University

Bachelor of Arts, International Relations
University of Southern California

Norma Orcí

Board of Directors Member

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Otto Padrón

Board of Directors Member

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Education:

Master of Strategic Studies
United States Army War College

Master of Business Administration
Florida International University

Intermediate Level Education
United States Army Command and General Staff College

Bachelor of Science in Communications, Broadcast Journalism
Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics
University of Miami

Associate of Arts
Miami Dade College

Luis Palmero

Tutor

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Credential(s):
Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross
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Eileen Quinones

Outreach

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Samuel Restrepo

Science Teacher

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Atom Builder

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Credential(s):
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Science: Chemistry
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Science: Geosciences
General Education Limited Assignment Permit, Science: Biological Sciences
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Education:
Master of Arts in Education, Secondary Teacher Education
University of Phoenix

Bachelor of Science, Geology
California State University, Los Angeles

 

Nora Ruiz

Parent Coordinator

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Credential(s):
Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross
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Zuleyma Salguero

Van Driver

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Credential(s):
Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross
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Anahi Serna Sanchez

Tutor

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Credential(s):
Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross
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Nicole Shapiro

Mathematics Teacher

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Credential(s):
Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential, Mathematics
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Professional Eligibility Certificate, Mathematics 7-12
Maryland State Department of Education

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Master of Education
University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
University of Maryland, College Park

Kriscia Tejada

Dean of Students

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Credential(s):
Preliminary  Administrative Services Credential
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (pending)

Clear Pupil Personnel Service Credential, School Counseling
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA

National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Master of Education
University of California, Los Angeles

Master of Arts, Counseling
University of San Diego

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Law and Society
University of California, Riverside

Jeffrey Valdez

Science Teacher

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I am an avid reader of books, and I consider it one of my two main obsessions. I love reading and have since 3rd grade, I have 4 bookshelves in my room that are packed to the brim with books, and I still need more space. I also love gaming, games like Overwatch, Genshin Impact, Warhammer, Pokemon and so on! I helped build my own gaming desktop PC and I also love talking about when I can upgrade it.
Credential(s):
Short Term Staff Permit, Science: Physics
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Education:

Bachelor of Science, Physics
California State University, Northridge

Julio Vallejo

Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer

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Education:

Certificate, Business and Management of Entertainment
University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Tecnológico de Monterrey

Lesle Vallejo

Special Education Paraprofessional

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Credential(s):

30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit 
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
California State University, Los Angeles

Jenny Vega

College and Career Coordinator

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Credential(s):
 
Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (pending)
University of California, Los Angeles

Franchesca White

Special Education Teacher

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Credential(s):

Short Term Staff Permit, Mild/Moderate Disabilities
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA
National Council for Behavioral Health

Adult and Child CPR/First Aid
American Red Cross

Education:

Master of Education in Special Education with a Preliminary Ed Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate with Internship Option (California) (in progress)
National University

Bachelor of Arts, Child & Adolescent Development
Union Institute & University

Associate of Arts, Early Childhood Education
Mount St. Mary’s College