Boletín SNAPSHOTS

Explore nuestras últimas historias, seleccionadas de nuestro Boletín SNAPSHOTS. Encuentre su inspiración en los educadores y estudiantes de nuestra red de 18 escuelas. Cada dos meses, seleccionaremos los perfiles de un estudiante y un profesor, así como las noticias positivas de alrededor de nuestra red.

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Teacher PROfile – Stephen Uyechi: Being named LA Unified Teacher of the Year provides additional honor and pride to Partnership educators

We spoke with Stephen Uyechi from Sunrise Elementary School who was named 2021-22 LA Unified School District Teacher of the Year. Stephen teaches Special Education, moderate to severe, with a focus on life skills. This award honors teachers with a strong commitment to their students, school, and community. The program spotlights positive aspects of education...

Teacher PROfile – Rafael Cruz: Being named LA Unified Teacher of the Year provides additional honor and pride to Partnership educators

We spoke with Rafael Cruz, a 7th-grade teacher from Hollenbeck Middle School, who was named both 2021-22 LA Unified School District and LA County of Education Teacher of the Year. Rafael teaches a medicine and forensics-based course at Hollenbeck entitled, Medical Detectives.  The LA Unified School District award honors teachers with a strong commitment to...

Student Spotlight: Advising on policy issues allows Jordan student to offer unique insights on school campus life

We connected with Heaven Watson, an 11th-grade student at Jordan High School, to learn more about her experience with the Partnership’s Policy Advisory Board, which is designed to elevate the voices of key school and community stakeholders in Partnership decision-making on policy positions and to strengthen our understanding of issues affecting our students. The board...

Educator PROfile: An educator who understands the needs of the school community and puts students first

We recently spoke with Francisco Sanchez, Categorical Program Advisor at Figueroa Street Elementary School, and here’s what he had to share about some newly learned experiences. Francisco’s teachers believed in him and in return he believes in all his students. The last academic year presented challenges and opportunities. What opportunities arose at Figueroa Street Elementary? ...

Student Spotlight: From Cuba to Watts to Westwood – A student’s journey, with love and support from her inner circle

Meet Jordan High School‘s 2021 inspirational speaker, Pilar Diaz, who will be attending the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall. Read the transcript of her graduation speech below, where she shares how excited she was to receive her U.S. Citizenship the day before her graduation. Pilar Diaz was one of the commencement speakers...

Teacher PROfile: Distance learning is marked by challenges, and it also provides opportunities to spark curiosity

We met virtually with Rekha Prakash, a Biotechnology Instructor at Roosevelt High School who also plays a role in the Medical & Health Sciences Linked Learning pathway and as an advisor to the Health Occupations Students of America to hear about how distance learning has been going for her and her students. Read more below....

Student Spotlight: Loving math and art, and dreaming of becoming an architect

We connected over Zoom with Brandy Altamira, an 11th-grade student at Santee Education Complex, whose dream is to become an architect. Learn more about her and her incredible passion for math below. Brandy is grateful for all the support she has received from the school staff at Santee. ¿Cómo te sientes en Santee? / How...

Student Spotlight: Celeste dreams of going to Columbia University and becoming an FBI criminal profiler

We connected virtually with Celeste Enriquez, 7th-grade student at Stevenson College & Career Preparatory (middle school), to learn about her hopes and dreams for the future. Celeste finds the study of human behavior fascinating and dreams of becoming an FBI criminal profiler. What was your biggest learning this year – about yourself and/or your online...

Teacher PROfile: Sharon has been whole-child-centered for 33 years

We met virtually with Sharon Westbrook, 3rd-grade teacher at Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School, to learn more about her 33 years as an educator and her nuggets of wisdom during this period of distance learning. Sharon hopes we maintain a sense of community and generosity of spirit when we return to campus. Since the beginning...

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...