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: 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Student Spotlight: From L.A. to D.C. – Becoming an Advocate for College Access

Photo: Stephanie outside of California State Senator Kamala Harris’ office in Washington, D.C. Stephanie Ortiz, junior at Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School and 2018-19 Partnership Lundquist Fellow, recently had an eye-opening experience. In early February, she was one of four Lundquist Fellows who participated in the two-day National College Access...

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Teacher PROfile: Restorative Justice Practices Strengthen Relationships at Dolores Huerta Elementary School

Photo: Cooper Haskins (left), 4th Grade Teacher, RCL at Dolores Huerta Elementary School; and Sabrina Sheikh (right), 3rd-5th Special Day Class Teacher, RCL at Dolores Huerta Elementary School. Recently we connected with Cooper Haskins and Sabrina Sheikh, Teachers and Restorative Communities Leads (RCL) at Dolores Huerta Elementary School, about deepening relationships with their peers. Here’s...

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Teacher PROfile: How Roosevelt’s Instructional Leadership Team Gets Things Done

Roosevelt’s ILT includes members from the following departments: English, Math, Science, Language, Culture and Restorative Justice, College and Attendance, and School Deans, Assistant Principals, and Principal. Pictured are a majority of the ILT members. Top row from L to R: Angelica Flores, Ricardo Chavez, Eftihia Danellis, Dina Mayeda, Romina Ramos, Brendan Schallert, Johanna Garcia, John...

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