SNAPSHOTS Newsletter

Explore our latest stories, curated from our SNAPSHOTS Newsletter. Get inspired by educators and students within our network of 18 schools. Every two months, we will feature student and teacher profiles and good news from around the network.

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Teacher PROfile: SEL Leads to Growth Mindset and Perseverance When Learning Becomes Difficult

We met virtually with Maria Mendez, Resource Specialist Teacher, Parent Engagement Lead, and former Restorative & College Culture Lead at Twentieth Street Elementary School to understand the important stage that social-emotional learning is taking during distance learning. Read more below. Maria strongly believes that SEL helps students persevere through difficult times.  How vital is social-emotional...

Student Spotlight: The Alto Sax Helped 8th-Grader Cope With the Pandemic

We connected virtually with Adam Barillas, an 8th-grade student at Hollenbeck Middle School to learn about his interest in music and how it helped him during the pandemic, and his year-long participation in the school’s music academy. Hollenbeck’s Music Academy is directed by Mr. Erick Quintanilla alongside Mr. Christian Melgoza, who is the strings director....

Student Spotlight: Graduates from the Partnership network share distance learning successes and challenges; responsibilities and motivation were key areas of focus

We connected virtually with graduates from all Partnership high schools — Santee Education Complex, MSTMA at Roosevelt, Mendez High School, Jordan High School, and Roosevelt High School — to get their perspectives on distance learning.  We asked them the same question: What was your biggest success during distance learning and what was your greatest challenge?...

Teacher PROfile: Keeping rigor and motivation high from a distance wasn’t easy, but these teachers made it work

We met virtually with two Edwin Markham Middle School teachers — Jamie Schnablegger, English Language Arts (ELA) Team Lead, 6th grade ELA and History Teacher, and 7th and 8th grade Leadership Teacher; and Wendy Vanegas, 6th grade Math & Science Teacher and Peer Coach — to learn more about their distance teaching experiences.  Wendy and...

Student Spotlight: Student mentors make a difference with students who are new to this country

Recently we sat down with two seniors from Santee Education Complex: Denise Calderon and Emerson Majano. They are peer mentors to younger students as part of a peer mentorship program spearheaded by Dr. Claudia Cataldo (Teacher PROfile). Here they share the impact the program has had on their lives.  L to R: Denise, Dr. Cataldo,...

Teacher PROfile: Dr. Cataldo ensures international students receive the support they need to thrive in school and beyond

We spoke at length with Dr. Claudia Cataldo, English teacher, Academic Decathlon Coach, and Falcon Feminists and Gay Straight Alliance Faculty Advisor at Santee Education Complex, about the importance of supporting incoming international students on campus. Learn how the need for support at Santee evolved into a mentorship program. Dr. Cataldo is personally invested in...

Student Spotlight: Willow Manley explains the art of balancing sports, academics, after-school programs, and family life

We visited Edwin Markham Middle School and spoke with Willow Manley, an eighth-grade student, to learn about what drives her love of reading and writing.  Willow Manley enjoys helping others in times of need, a skill she developed with the help of her mom. Willow loves to read and write, so it doesn’t come as...

Teacher PROfile: Tajuana Johnson supports her students and peers through engagement and relationship-building

Recently we spoke with Tajuana Johnson, Instructional Coach and Restorative & College Culture Lead at Ritter Elementary School and Partnership board member. Below, Tajuana talks about her passion for education and her school and students’ success. Tajuana Johnson has been teaching for 14 years and one of her daily reminders to her Ritter family is...

Student Spotlight: The Path to Becoming an Immigration Attorney Starts with a Passion for Social Justice

We spoke with Angel Garcia, a senior at Roosevelt High School and a 2018-19 and 2019-20 Lundquist Fellow, who shared his high school student experience and what it was like to apply to college this year. Learn more about Angel below. Angel Garcia is very involved at Roosevelt, and participates in many enrichment programs, such...

Teacher PROfile: Getting to Know Students is at the Forefront of Shields’ Success

Recently we spoke with Taylor Shields, sixth grade English and Social Studies teacher and Partnership Team Lead at George Washington Carver Middle School, to learn more about how she prepares her students for success. Get an inside look at Taylor’s teaching style in this PROfile. Taylor Shields knew she wanted a teaching career in South...

By Partnership Communications Team