Boletín SNAPSHOTS

Explore nuestras últimas historias, seleccionadas de nuestro Boletín SNAPSHOTS. Encuentre su inspiración en los educadores y estudiantes de nuestra red de 20 escuelas. Cada dos meses, seleccionaremos los perfiles de un estudiante y un profesor, así como las noticias positivas de alrededor de nuestra red.

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....

Principal PROfile: Estela Lopez, Dolores Huerta Elementary School

Estela Lopez, an educator with 28 years of experience, currently serves as the principal of Dolores Huerta Elementary School. Estela’s commitment to education and her community is deeply rooted in her own experiences. She believes in the power of education to change lives and strives to provide her students with the same opportunities she had....

Alumna Spotlight: [Update] Heaven Watson at San Jose State University

We recently reconnected with Heaven Watson, a Jordan High graduate and current student at San Jose State University. She shared how being part of the Partnership’s Policy Advisory Board and Watkins Fellow had an impact on her life. Read more below.  In October 2021, we spoke with Heaven Watson about her experience with the Partnership’s...

Teacher PROfile: Teacher Resident Shares Why She Decided to Become a Teacher

Meet Kennedy Gardner (she/her), an English teacher resident at Roosevelt High School. We spoke recently to chat about her start in teaching. Read more below. Last summer, after graduating from the University of Washington, Kennedy participated in a program through the Breakthrough Collaborative in San Francisco, an umbrella organization of 24 affiliates that offers customized...

Teacher PROfile: Inspiring Ritter Elementary kindergartners to go to college

Meet Amber Miles (she/her), a kindergarten teacher at Ritter Elementary School and a proud South LA native. We spoke recently about how she fosters college awareness and readiness in her young students while drawing inspiration from her own family’s educational values and experiences. Read more below. Education runs deep in Amber’s roots. Growing up, attending...

Student Spotlight: What I learned during my trip to the Dominican Republic

Meet Kevin Magaña (he/him), a 12th-grade student at Mendez High School. We connected to discuss his two-week trip abroad to the Dominican Republic this past summer with Global Glimpse. Read more below.  Kevin first came across Global Glimpse, a non-profit organization that empowers students from diverse backgrounds to work together, build empathy, connect with the...

Teacher PROfile: Figueroa Street Elementary is like home to Annalie Andrade

Meet Annalie Andrade (she/hers), a first-year, third-grade teacher at Figueroa Street Elementary. We spoke recently about her start in teaching and her connection to the school. Read more below. Annalie’s teaching journey has been a long-time coming, especially her placement at Figueroa Street Elementary School. She lives in the community and is an alum of...

Student Spotlight: Math is an easy and fun subject

Meet Gabriela Bizarro (she/her), a 9th-grade student at MSTMA at Roosevelt and Hollenbeck Middle School alum. We connected to discuss her love of math and her interest in STEM careers. Read more below.  Gabriela is excited about attending MSTMA at Roosevelt because she has heard great things about the school and her middle school friends...