SNAPSHOTS Newsletter

Explore our latest stories, curated from our SNAPSHOTS Newsletter. Get inspired by educators and students within our network of 20 schools. Every two months, we will feature student and teacher profiles and good news from around the network.

Teacher PROfile: Advocating for Teacher Supports in Sacramento

Meet Jacquelin Dang (she/they), an English and history teacher at Stevenson College and Career Preparatory. We spoke recently about their experience at Partnership’s annual Advocacy Days in Sacramento. Read more below.  On Day One, Jacquelin felt a blend of anticipation and determination, ready to make their voice heard. Being surrounded by other champions for change...

Student Spotlight: Taking Steps to Make A Difference in His Community

Meet Andrew Anderson, an eighth grader at Markham Middle School. We connected to discuss his student experiences and recent participation in Partnership’s Advocacy Days in Sacramento, CA. Read more below.  As the name implies, Partnership’s Advocacy Days gather community members to advocate for stronger education policies and practices to close opportunity and achievement gaps in...

Teacher PROfile: Integrating the Arts in Multi-Subject Classes

Meet Diana Rios (she/her), visual arts teacher at 99th Street Elementary. She is the only full-time arts teacher in an elementary school in the LA Unified School District. We spoke with her recently about her passion and love for the arts and what it means to her to be the only fully-staffed arts teacher at...

Alumnus Spotlight: Discovering a Love for Academics

Meet Edgardo Aceituno (he/him), Roosevelt High School Alum, current California State University, Fullerton Student. Learn more about his newfound love for learning below. From the heart of Boyle Heights and the son of Honduran immigrants, Edgardo Aceituno is a trailblazer. As the first in his family to attend college, Edgardo knows its importance and is...

Partnership’s 15th Anniversary: Partner Spotlight

More than 15 years ago, Henry Perez along with students and parents from InnerCity Struggle walked around Boyle Heights, knocking on doors to ask residents to sign a petition. The petition would be used to allow the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools to become external managers of some of the highest-need schools east of downtown...

Teacher PROfile: Fifteen Years of Teaching and Empowering Students

Meet Maria Ortiz (she/her), an 8th-grade math teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School for 15 years. We spoke recently about her passion for empowering students through math and why she remains committed to her school community after many years. Maria’s journey into teaching was sparked by her childhood love for math and fueled by a determination...

Student Spotlight: Finding Inspiration Through Math

Meet Emanuel Avila (he/him), an 8th-grade student at Hollenbeck Middle School. We connected to discuss how his math teacher’s instructional approach influenced his newfound appreciation for the subject. Read more below. Initially, math did not captivate Emanuel’s interest. He preferred his English classes and was interested in refining his writing skills. That began to change...

Partnership’s 15th Anniversary Educator PROfile: Randy Romero

Randy Romero is one of few individuals who has experienced both facets of the Partnership’s work to transform and strengthen school systems. He was formerly a teacher and principal at two network schools, Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School and Hollenbeck Middle School, and currently serves as the chief schools officer...

Student Spotlight: Hollenbeck’s mariachi dynamic duo

Meet the dynamic duo, Victoria Vargas (she/her) (bottom, left) and Kimberly Marin-Rodriguez (she/her) (top, left), both eighth-graders at Hollenbeck Middle School. Together, with their guitars, they are weaving melodies and building lasting memories. Their shared love for mariachi music has not only created a harmonious friendship but has also shaped their middle school experience. Kimberly’s...

Principal PROfile: Yumi Kawasaki, Edwin Markham Middle School

With 25 years of experience in education, Yumi Kawasaki is the proud principal at Edwin Markham Middle School in Watts. Hailing from a family of educators in Mexico, Yumi’s path to becoming a principal was not linear. “I like to say it chose me,” she explains. Initially, she ventured into the field of psychology, thinking...

Principal PROfile: Mauro Bautista, Mendez High School

Educators play a crucial role in shaping the future of our society, and one such dedicated and influential educator is Principal Mauro Bautista of Mendez High School in Boyle Heights. He has been principal of the school for over a decade and has been with the school in different capacities since its opening in 2009....