Meet Our Principal
Dear Ánimo Family,
At Ánimo Leadership, we are a community of scholars working to forge an equitable future for our school and community. Together, we engage in rigorous and relevant coursework, learn about our own community and others’, explore various career and college paths, and lead with innovation and compassion. It is our vision that at Ánimo Leadership, every student will have an equitable, rigorous, and engaging learning experience that will prepare them for college, leadership, and life.
This vision articulates our hopes and dreams as a school community, and helps to define our path to get there. If you are new to the Ánimo Leadership family, you have just entered into a very special place. Leadership is a community where everyone believes in their heart and soul that every child must be prepared for college, leadership, and life - and that this begins as soon as our students walk in our doors as 9th graders. Our school is defined by a social justice imperative that says students who grow up in the Lennox and Inglewood communities can and will achieve at the same level as their more affluent peers. This is a place where academic acceleration is truly happening: in the 2021-22 school year, Leadership has one of the highest proficiency rates among Green Dot high schools on the ELA and math SBAC tests.
Our dedicated and talented staff serves approximately 650 students in grades 9-12. In addition to a rigorous and engaging A-G core curriculum, we offer a variety of additional opportunities to educate the whole child:
• An advisory program that builds students' social-emotional skills, academic habits, and college awareness
• Multiple teacher-sponsored and arc-sponsored clubs, from drama to dance to art to our Stonewall Alliance
• Targeted math and reading intervention that accelerates our students' growth in order to help them reach grade level proficiency
• Enrichment electives that foster creativity and collaboration: technology, drama, art, robotics, composition, ethnic studies, and College Readiness 12
• 7 competitive teams: basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, and volleyball
• Assemblies, award ceremonies, and incentive events that recognize and celebrate student success
• Yearly field trips to local universities
Parents and guardians are always welcome at our school. We view our parents and families as important partners in providing our children with meaningful educational experiences and supporting their full development. Further, we encourage you to become active participants in your child's education by attending parent workshops and monthly family meetings, volunteering to help at our school, or engaging in a nightly routine of reading to your child, talking about their day, and getting them prepared for the next day of school.
We invite you to join our community as we work together to best serve our students. Please don't hesitate to call our office or join us at our monthly Coffee with the Principal meetings, which are on the school calendar. Whether you are a student, a parent, a teacher, or a community member, we welcome you to the Ánimo Leadership family.
|First Name||Last Name||Position|
|Denise||Amezcua||College Readiness Teacher|
|Tedd||Spater||Social Science Teacher|
|Humberto||Villegas||Campus Aide/Security Guard|
|Gabriela||Duran||School Operations Manager|
|Taylor||Ciano||Social Science Teacher|
|Kathleen||LaFrance||Social Science Teacher|
|Patrick||McDowell||Special Education Teacher|
|Sergio||Medrano||Physical Education Teacher|
|Yahaira||Navarcia||Special Education Teacher|
|Jay||Quincy||Social Science Teacher|
|Raymundo||Rosa||Campus Aide/Security Guard|
|Carrol||Rowland||Resource Specialist Teacher|