SNAPSHOTS Newsletter

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...

Educator PROfile: Jordan High counselor works hard to promote college-going culture, and provide support and resources for students

Meet Reinaldo De Jesus, Jordan High School college & career counselor and SAT/PSAT/AP/SST coordinator. Recently, we talked with him about everything he does to help students make the most educated decisions about college and their futures. Read below. In October, we kick off college season. It’s a time when students start researching schools, dig into...

Student Spotlight: Students from the Partnership network share their on-campus experiences and college dreams post-pandemic

We connected virtually with seniors from all Partnership high schools — Santee Education Complex, Jordan High School, Mendez High School, Roosevelt High School, and MSTMA at Roosevelt — to learn more about their experiences and perspectives after returning to campus.  Kailee Johnson, senior and cheer captain at Santee Education Complex, will attend the University of California,...

Teacher PROfile: The value of a strong math curriculum advances the education of students with special needs and English learner students

We recently spoke with Sanquanita Nellum, 7th and 8th grade Math and Special Education Teacher at George Washington Carver Middle School. She shared the challenges and joys of teaching students with dual barriers to education and how having a strong math curriculum supports their learning. Sanquanita began her journey as an educator when she became...

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...