Sandra Cisneros Campus

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Leadership

 
LEADERSHIP
 
Melissa Mendoza
Principal
Melissa Mendoza is the Principal at the Sandra Cisneros Campus. Prior to joining CNCA she taught in bilingual kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms and served as a Bilingual Coordinator and Intervention teacher at an LAUSD school in MacArthur Park. She joined Camino as a founding teacher at the Sandra Cisneros Campus and later served as the assistant principal for 3 years before becoming the Principal. Melissa graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a double bachelors in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She received her teaching credential and Masters Degree from UCLA. She also completed her Tier I and II administrative credentials at Cal State University Dominguez Hills. When she's not at school, Melissa loves to travel and spend time with her family. 
 
Pablo DePaz
Assistant Principal
Pablo Depaz is currently in his fifth year as an Assistant Principal. Pablo holds a B.A. in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and a Masters of Education from Loyola Marymount University. Pablo began teaching in Compton Unified School District through Teach for America. He taught 4th and 5th grade for three years before transitioning into a 6th-grade position at the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Burlington site, later returning to teach 3rd grade. Pablo pursued a Ph.D in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he was a teaching assistant for Native America and Chicano Studies courses for freshmen. After coming to realize that he missed working directly with youth he decided to put the Ph.D on hold and returned to teaching in Los Angeles. From 2008-2012, Pablo was a founding teacher at Animo Locke High School #1 where he taught Ethnic Studies, African American Studies and Chicano Studies to 9th-12th grade. Additionally, Pablo trained new teachers for five summers at the Teach For America summer institute and was the National co-director of Diversity, Community, and Achievement for one year. Pablo currently oversee the special education program at Cisneros and is actively involved in continuing to implement Restorative Justice, Trauma Informed Practices, and Ethnic Studies in a Kindergarten through 8th-grade setting.
 
Pablo believes that education should be used as a tool to transform society and wants to ensure all Cisneros youth leave as critical thinkers that are ready to become agents of positive change in our society.
Ellie Franco 
Assistant Principal of Instruction
As one of the Assistant Principals of Instruction, Ellie is responsible for ensuring that all students at SCLA are receiving high-quality instruction that will help them become literate, critical thinkers, and independent problem solvers who are agents of social justice. She works closely with the principal to ensure the school’s strategic plans and goals are met. Prior to joining the leadership at CNCA, she was a 5th-grade teacher for 7 years at the Los Angeles Unified School District. She also worked at SCLA as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher for the past 4 years. Other professional experience includes being a BTSA support provider, Grade Level Chair, AEMP program facilitator, a member of the Teacher Leadership Team, a member of the CNCA Ethnic Studies Coalition, and facilitator of the G.I.R.L.S. club on campus.
 
Ellie completed her Bachelor of Arts and BCLAD Teaching Credential at San Diego State University, and a Master of Arts in New Media Design and Education at California State University, Los Angeles.
Kylie Rector
Assistant Principal of Instruction 
As one of the Assistant Principals of Instruction, Kylie works closely with Kinder-3rd-grade teachers to ensure that all students are receiving high-quality instruction that will help them become literate, critical thinkers, and independent problem solvers who are agents of social justice. She also works closely with the principal to ensure the school’s strategic plans and goals are met. Prior to joining the leadership at CNCA, she taught 2nd-grade, 3rd-grade, and Reading Intervention for 5 years at the Sandra Cisneros campus. Other professional experience includes being a member of the Teacher Leadership Team, being a Certified Presenter for Systematic ELD, and facilitating the school’s Bilingual Cadre.
 
Kylie completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, Davis, and her BCLAD Teaching Credential and Master of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles.
 

Randell Erving
Dean of Culture
Randell Erving grew up in San Jose, California and after completing his undergraduate studies, he joined Teach For America and moved to Los Angeles. He taught 3rd and 8th grades at LAUSD schools in the South LA and MacArthur Park neighborhoods. As an ESL teacher, Randell was able to help 100% of his students reclassify as English proficient within one year. As a lead teacher, he gained experience advising student organizations, developing school culture, and being a resource for students and teachers.

While working as a Resident Director at Chapman University, he found a niche in student conduct administration. Randell helped to launch the First Year Residential Education community, where he was able to support students during a very critical year in college. In 2011, he joined the founding staff of Camino Nuevo Sandra Cisneros Campus as a 5th-grade teacher. Randell currently serves Cisneros as the Dean of Culture, overseeing student conduct, helping with staff development, and working to build a positive and restorative campus climate.

Randell holds a B.A. in Sociology with minors in Psychology, African American Studies, and Philosophy from Marquette University and an M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University. 
Daisy Aguirre
Student and Family Services Coordinator
As the Student and Family Services Coordinator at Cisneros, Daisy Aguirre works closely with students and families providing educational parent workshops, case management and coordination of referrals to other support program and services for families in need while facilitating other parent engagement activities to ensure student academic success. Daisy is a founding member of the Cisneros Campus since it opened its doors in 2011. Prior to coming to Camino, Daisy worked with youth for the Boys and Girls Club in Long Beach and was a Region Director for Bienestar Human Services overseeing Youth and HIV/Prevention Social Services serving at risk communities of color in Long Beach, Hollywood and Van Nuys. She has over 10 years’ experience advocating for underserved communities and helping build strong community relationships.
 
Daisy completed her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Spanish at California State University, Long Beach.   Daisy is also a proud parent and when she’s not at school she enjoys spending time with her kids and family.
Haysha Maldonado
Operations Coordinator
As the Operations Coordinator, Haysha Maldonado is responsible for the overall logistics and compliance of the Cisneros site. She has worked at Cisneros for four years and has held different positions during her time there, including being an Instructional Aide, Records Clerk and now Operations Coordinator. One of her main responsibilities is ensuring that staff and students are trained and ready for the state assessments taken at the end of each school year. She is also the emergency coordinator and makes sure that all staff and students are prepared, trained, and have the resources available to be safe on campus. Her goal is to become an author and travel the world to share stories from every culture.
 
Haysha completed her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at California State University, Long Beach.