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

School Psychologist

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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!

Born and Raised: South Los Angeles

Education: BA in Sociology & Psychology from San Diego State (Go Aztecs!) Currently in CSUDH's School Counseling M.S. Program

I was the Parent Coordinator at Animo Ellen Ochoa. I engaged our families through many workshops/events, and amped up our social media presence.

My Why: My goal as a counselor is for families & students to be aware of the infinite amount of opportunities & resources they have at their reach. I aim to serve as a resource for our students & families, so they are able to successfully navigate the many systems that may seem daunting.

Interests/Hobbies: I love lifting weights. Fitness is truly my mental escape. I enjoy going on hikes, and walking my tri-pod cat (yes, I walk my cat). Lastly, I like to create new coffee drinks, my kitchen is filled with different syrups and powders for my iced coffees 🙂


Ana Alvarado

School Operations Manager

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Ana lives in South Central Los Angeles with her Husband and 2 daughters. She has been at AMJ since the day it opened. She started at Green Dot as an Office Assistant at Animo Watts.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jessica is excited to start her second 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 entering her second year as AMJ’s Office Assistant.

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.

Ivette Diaz

United Parents & Students 

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Ms. Diaz-Quintero is a first generation Cuban American born and raised in Carson, California. After graduating from Carson High, she earned her B.A in Sociology from California State University, Dominguez Hills (also in Carson). She began her journey with Green Dot Public Schools in 2013 as a founding Office Assistant and Parent Coordinator at James B. Taylor. She currently serves as Community Engagement Coordinator with United Parents and Students at AMJ, Watts, and Animo Compton. She seeks to empower low-income families to be self-advocates in order to sustain long-term change. As a young child, her parents taught her to turn private pain into public action in order to live a quality of life.

On her free time, Ms. Diaz enjoys spending time with her 2 young daughters, husband and 2 dogs, writing, traveling (when it used to be allowed), and volunteering with Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles.


April Gonzalez

Campus Security Officer

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April Gonzalez is honor to start her first year as a campus security officer at AMJ. April has 8 years experience as a CSO for APW.

April is a proud single mother of four. Oldest son 24 studying for his RN degree at PCC. Second son 22 is currently in a Administration internship with LA unified and is studying for mechanical engineering at PCC. Daughter 19 first year at PCC would like to study for Dermatology and last but not least youngest son 17 attending Rio Hondo Prep High School.

April's passion are her kids along with 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