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. 
Claudia Arcila
Assistant Principal

As Assistant Principal, Claudia is responsible for supporting teachers’ data-driven instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. Claudia works closely with key stakeholders—families, teachers, and leaders—to develop SCLA’s scholars into critical and compassionate thinkers who are advocates for change. Claudia has over 15 years of experience in the field of education with experience in preschool to 8th grade, primarily in public urban schools.  Other professional experience include teaching in bilingual private schools in Costa Rica.  During her time at Camino Nuevo, Claudia has worked as a bilingual teacher, an intervention teacher, and has held various teacher leader roles, such as Teacher Leadership Team member, House cadre member, Bilingual cadre member, and Camino Nuevo Success Conference presenter. 

Claudia graduated from UCLA with a major in International Development Studies and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology.   She also received her teaching credential and Masters Degree in Education from UCLA. She is a native Spanish speaker and is currently learning French.  Claudia enjoys hiking with her dog and spending time with her family.

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.

Daisy 
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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.
Brittany Martin-Killebrew
Dean of Culture

Brittany is the newest member to the Cisneros family. Prior to joining Camino Nuevo, she completed a year of City Year, an AmeriCorps program, in Queens, NY. Brittany served a year in a Public School in Long Island City, Queens, which houses the biggest housing projects in North America. After City Year, she wanted to give back to her community in the Bronx. Brittany has worked at a transitional high school in the Bronx and was also Dean at a Charter School in the same city. Brittany’s passion is to work in under-served communities because it allows her to be an active role model. Brittany also loves dogs and loves to meet new people. Brittany completed her Bachelor’s degree at Clark Atlanta University, where she majored in psychology.