Stories That Inspire

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. Read More

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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

Teacher PROfile: Grape Street teacher finds formula for academic success in her classroom

Recently we spoke with Anavelen Macias, 4th grade teacher and Partnership Team Lead at Grape Street Elementary School, to learn more about how she prepares her students for success. Here’s what she shared: Photo: Dedicated Grape Street teacher Anavelen Macias has high expectations for her students. Why did you want to pilot the Eureka Math...

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Student Spotlight: Becoming a high school freshman, Lundquist Fellow, and Oregon Youth Scholar Program participant

Cynthia Ramirez, recent George Washington Carver Middle School graduate, is one 15 Lundquist Fellows in the 2019-20 cohort. Founded by Richard and Melanie Lundquist, this program identifies young leaders in Partnership middle and high schools. This five-year fellowship program provides students with an academic scholarship and opportunities for professional growth. Below, Cynthia shares her aspirations...

By Partnership Communications Team

Student Spotlight: Elijah Conorquie – Dreaming big for himself, his family, and his community

Ever since his sophomore year, Elijah Conorquie has been encouraged to keep his grades up by his family and teachers. Elijah, a senior at Jordan High School, is college-bound for Cal State University, Dominguez Hills in the fall. In order to prepare for college, his teachers encouraged him to challenge himself, so he enrolled in...

By Partnership Communications Team

Teacher PROfile: Surpassing the National AP Bio Exam Pass Rate Takes 100% Effort

Recently we spoke with John Cerezo, Advanced Placement Biology (AP Bio) Teacher at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School, to learn more about how he prepares his lesson plans and students for the AP Bio exam. Here’s what he shared: What attracted you to teaching? At California State University, Long Beach, I saw minimal Latino...

By Partnership Communications Team