Meet Our Principal

Dear Ánimo Family,

Now more than ever before, every staff member has been working very hard to prepare our students for college, leadership, and life. We are doing our best to make learning meaningful and engaging and have made plans to provide support so that every student at Ánimo can be successful this school year.

The safety, emotional and academic success of all students are the main goals of every staff member at Ánimo Leadership. We believe that every student can learn to the highest level and we are prepared to offer the support necessary to ensure student success. 

We will continue our work with parent engagement this year and will host virtual parent meetings with a variety of topics. We also will continue our parent education. Please get involved and participate and I can assure you will find some value in learning more about supporting our students.

Catherine Perez



Our Team

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

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First Name Last Name Position
Mario Alcala Math Teacher
Iracema Alvarado Parent Coordinator
Denise Amezcua College Readiness Teacher
Alejandro Barajas Art Teacher
Danielle Berger Assistant Principal
Dalia Bessudo Math Teacher
Tedd Spater Social Science Teacher
Miguel Chacon Campus Aide/Security Guard
Elizabeth Chavez Math Teacher
Stacie Cruz Counselor
Samantha Diego English Teacher
Sarah Ducker Assistant Principal
Gabriela Duran School Operations Manager
Sandra Estrada Spanish Teacher
Judith Flores Spanish Teacher
Joseph Schwartz ELA Teacher
Taylor Ciano Social Science Teacher
Brandon Kawata Physics Teacher
Kathleen LaFrance Social Science Teacher
Jonathan Loyola Math Teacher
Rollin Matthews Counselor
Patrick McDowell Special Education Teacher
Sergio Medrano Physical Education Teacher
Francesca Campbell Psychologist
Yahaira Navarcia Special Education Teacher
Evelyn Navarro Math Teacher
Charlene Nguyen Biology Teacher
Jeffrey O'Brien English Teacher
Princewell Obinma Office Assistant
Danielle Oh English Teacher
Yoolee Park Biology Teacher
Catherine Perez Principal
Maire-Rose Pike Drama Teacher
Jay Quincy Social Science Teacher
David Ramos Technology Teacher
Carlos Rodriguez Spanish Teacher
Raymundo Rosa Campus Aide/Security Guard
Carrol Rowland Resource Specialist Teacher
Lei-Ana Ruebe Chemistry Teacher
Mario Salazar Office Assistant
Catherine Stine English Teacher