Meet Our Principal

Welcome to Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School (AJR)!

A part of the Green Dot Public Schools California network, we are a charter high school established in July 2006 with a mission of transforming the way young adults are educated in the inner city of South Los Angeles. To date, we have had 14 graduating classes of approximately 145 students each, while our current enrollment is approximately 630 students in grades 9-12. Demographically, we serve a population of low income minority students, most of whom will become first generation college students. 

Our intention is to continue working to carry out our school mission and to provide an education for our community that will equip our resilient, self-reliant, and compassionate students with the skills necessary for success in college, career, and their adult lives.

In our brief history, we have been able to establish an authentic, family environment, where students and adults feel that they are part of a community aimed at nurturing their success. 

AJR offers a comprehensive college-preparatory academic program. All students are enrolled in courses that meet the A-G requirements for the California State University/University of California college systems. We also offer a comprehensive Special Education program and a substantial intervention program for struggling learners. We pride ourselves on the fact that we have established a safe, nurturing yet challenging, academic environment for all students, especially our students with special needs, who have been able to succeed academically throughout our history, including being accepted at and enrolling in California State universities and local community colleges.

As Principal of Animo Jackie Robinson for more than ten years, I am both proud and humbled by the accomplishments of our students and teachers. I encourage anyone to come and visit our school, get to know our community and join the family. As all our alumni state with pride: “Once a Monarch, always a Monarch!”

Thank you,

Kristin Botello

Office Hours: Available by Appointment

Our Team


We care about our students and community, and we are proud to serve all students. 

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Name Title
Amador, Nancy Special Ed Paraprofessional
Apostolakis, Christina Assistant Principal
Arauz, Vania Spanish Teacher
Beteran, Edy Spanish Teacher
Botello, Kristin Principal
Briones, Jazmin Parent Coordinator
Bryant, Joseph Social Studies Teacher
Canonigo, Christina English Teacher
Cisneros, James Social Studies Teacher
Cueva, Lorinda Math Teacher
Davis, Kristen Special Education Teacher
Esquivel, Jose Math Teacher
Flores, Nancy Assistant Principal
Fossler, Jonathan Science Teacher
Gama, Erwin Math Teacher
Garcia, Armando English Teacher
Gomez, Julie Counselor
Hernandez, Bryan English Teacher
Hernandez, Erik English Teacher
Hernandez, Eunice Special Ed Paraprofessional
Higgins, Jacob PE Teacher
Jones, Paul Student Support Specialist
Kopera, Rachel Art/Drama Teacher
Laguna, Raquel English Teacher
Livingston, Diana Clinical Supervisor
Logan, Daveon College Success Advisor
Long, John Science Teacher
Lopez, Jesica Office Assistant
Lopez, Samantha Math Teacher
Lopez, Luis Social Studies Teacher
Lovo, Xavier Counselor
Manua, Ina Mae Special Education Teacher
McClendon, Jamila Office Assistant
Muniz, Liz Psychologist
Perez, Edgar High Intensity Tutor
Pinto, Brianna Special Ed Paraprofessional
Pozo, Maria Special Education Teacher
Rabanales-Reyes, Zeida Math Teacher
Ramos, Carlos English Teacher
Richards, Joseph Special Education Teacher
Rioseco, Olivia Science Teacher
Rivera, Analisa Special Ed Paraprofessional
Rodriguez, Fatima Math Teacher
Rosado, Hilary Bilingual Paraprofessional
Saldana, Maritza Social Studies Teacher
Simental, Stacy Science Teacher
Sosa, Sarai Bilingual Paraprofessional
Sosa, Milton School Operations Manager
Tevaga, Mavis Special Education Teacher
Vita, Kiese English Teacher
Vasquez, Vanessa School Mental Health Therapist
Vivanco, Elvira Social Studies Teacher
Wiegand, Rachel Psychologist
Zaragoza, David School Culture Associate