Meet the Student Support Team

Jimmy Morales is from Wilmington, CA. Jimmy is a first generation Latino and first in his family to graduate from a 4-year institution. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University California of Santa Barbara. A few years later he attended Loyola Marymount  University and earned his M.A in School Counseling (K-12). Jimmy is excited to be part of the AMJ family and to serve students in the Watts and South L.A. communities. Jimmy enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also, enjoys watching sports and is a huge aficionado of the Lakers and Dodgers.

Jimesa Coxsey is from Riverside, California.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Psychology and graduated from Loyola Marymount University with an M.A. in Educational Psychology an Ed.S. in School Psychology.  As a school psychologist, her desire is to and empower students and their families to overcome various barriers to education in order to foster a more positive school experience. Jimesa is a self-proclaimed foodie and is passionate about dancing.

Noemy Ponce

Clinical Services Therapist

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Noemy Ponce is ecstatic to be returning to her fourth year at AMJ!  Ms. Ponce was born and raised in Inglewood, California. Ms. Ponce is a proud Green Dot alumni, can you guess which Animo school she attended? Ms. Ponce received her B.A in History and Women’s Studies from UCLA.  Ms. Ponce then received her Master in Social Work from USC. Although, Ms. Ponce is a Brojan (Bruin gone Trojan) her heart will always bleed blue and gold! Ms. Ponce enjoys spending her free time going to the movies, playing monopoly, and swimming with her nephew Logan!

Operations

Ana Alvarado

School Operations Manager

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Jimmy Morales is from Wilmington, CA. Jimmy is a first generation Latino and first in his family to graduate from a 4-year institution. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University California of Santa Barbara. A few years later he attended Loyola Marymount  University and earned his M.A in School Counseling (K-12). Jimmy is excited to be part of the AMJ family and to serve students in the Watts and South L.A. communities. Jimmy enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also, enjoys watching sports and is a huge aficionado of the Lakers and Dodgers.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jessica is excited to start her first year at AMJ as the Parent Coordinator. As a first-generation college student, Jessica has recently graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Minor in Political Science. During her time at Dickinson, Jessica developed a passion for social justice surrounding education, and hopes to achieve her Masters in Public Policy or Sociology in the next few years.

Born and raised in South Central, Maria Alonso is proudly starting her first year as AMJ’s Office Assistant. During 2018-2019, she served as the VISTA at AMJ.

Alonso is the first in her family to graduate from high school and from college. She majored in Ethnic Studies during her time at UC San Diego, where she developed a passion for educational equity. In the future, Alonso hopes to become a social studies teacher in her hometown.

Security

April Gonzalez

Campus Security Officer

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April Gonzalez is honored to start her first year as a campus security officer at AMJ. April has 8 years experience as a CSO for Ánimo Phillis Wheatley.

April is a proud single mother of four. Her oldest son is studying for his RN degree at PCC. Her second son is currently in an administration internship with LA Unified and is studying mechanical engineering at PCC. Her daughter is in her first year at PCC would like to study for Dermatology. Her youngest son attends Rio Hondo Prep High School.

Along with her kids, April's passions include football, volleyball, soccer, and drama.

Marquinn Banks

Campus Security Officer

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Marquinn Banks has an extensive background related to working with youth in urban education. He has 7 years of experience in launching and maintaining safe school environments. 

Mr. Banks's philosophy is that having caring relationships is key to addressing behavior. His passion is mentorship which is nurtured via advocating, coaching, and participating in the Orange County Junior All American Football league. Lastly, one of Mr. Banks's favorite quotes by Frederick Douglass summarizes his drive in education. It states, "it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

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Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School

12700 South Avalon Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90061

Phone: (323)-565-4450

Principal: Nate Geller