Meet Our Principal

Dear Ánimo Legacy Families and Supporters,

I am Jasmia Newman, very excited Principal of Ânimo Legacy! I am honored to assume the role as Principal and welcome the charge to make educational equity and anti-racist practices a true reality at Ánimo Legacy. I am thrilled to bring my experience and love of learning to our school community. 

Not only am I excited to work with children, but also I look forward to building a deep relationship with all our stakeholders. I understand middle school can be a time of great change, but it is my hope that with the knowledge and skills of our stakeholders we will be able to navigate that change together as partners in students’ education. 

Despite the troubling times in our world right now, our scholars are very fortunate to be in the presence of positive role models at Ánimo Legacy. The staff at Ánimo Legacy are compassionate, caring, and dedicated. As a way to ensure we foster open communication, build community and stay connected, I want to invite you to stay connected. Check our website, Facebook, Ánimo Legacy Charter Middle School and Instagram, @animolegacy, for quick updates and virtual events. Again, I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve your school community and begin building meaningful relationships to help our scholars grow. Please feel free to reach out and connect with me at any time. I look forward to meeting you all soon. 

Together in the work, 
Jasmia S. Newman 
Principal

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First Name Last Name Position
Administrators
Jasmia Newman Prinicipal
Aleah Al-Sad Assistant Principal (6th Grade)
Ashley Colburn Assistant Principal (8th Grade)
Molly O'Connell Assistant Principal (7th Grade)
Keisha Robinson Assistant Principal (8th Grade)
Ronda Alfred Assistant Principal (6th Grade)
Danielle Lukk Assistant Principal (7th Grade)
Mental Health Team
Casey Hairston Counselor (8th Grade)
Leandra Ordorica Counselor (7th Grade)
Eileen Reyes Counselor (7th Grade)
Eliana Sotello Counselor (8th Grade)
Erika Azcue-Niang Counselor (8th Grade)
Tianna Williams Counselor (6th Grade)
James Foot School Psychologist (Grade 6)
Aida Jaramillo School Psychologist (Grade 8)
Vicky Quinto School Psychologist (Grade 7)
Chasity Lambert Clinical Supervisor
Teachers
Danielle Alford English Teacher (Grade 6)
Angela Armendariz English Teacher (Grade 6)
Megan Bristow English Teacher (Grade 7)
Justina Britt English Teacher (Grades 7/8)
Gabriela Campos English Teacher (Grade 6)
Duane Castillo English Teacher (Grade 8)
Danielle DiVello English Teacher (Grade 7 SDP)
Brian Dubriel English Teacher (Grade 8)
Eboni Johnson English Teacher (Grade 6 SDP)
Heather Johnson English Teacher (Grade 8)
Nathan Lee English Teacher (Grade 8)
Karina Lopez English Teacher (Grade 8)
Edith Macias ELD Teacher (Grades 6-8)
David Matthews English Teacher (Grade 7)
LIndsay Palmer English Teacher (Grade 8)
Othman Ramadan English Teacher (Grade 7)
Tiffany Shivers English Teacher (Grade 7)
Sabrina Brown History Teacher (Grade 7)
Alejandra Cabrera History Teacher (Grade 6)
Kayla Cahoon History Teacher (Grade 7)
Leatrice Charles History Teacher (Grade 6)
Jason Goble History Teacher (Grade 7)
Luis Gomez History Teacher (Grade 8)
Brittany McClelland History Teacher (Grade 8)
Jessica Orozco History Teacher (Grade 8)
Jasmine Rios History Teacher (Grade 7)
Renicia Turner History Teacher (Grade 8)
Atyshi Waller History Teacher (Grades 6/7 SDP)
Shannon Adams-Rangel Math Teacher (Grades 6/7 SDP)
Susana Amezcua Math Teacher (Grade 8)
Julia Foerster Math Teacher (Grade 7)
Joshua Gonzalez Math Teacher (Grade 7)
Cortney Huffman Math Teacher (Grade 8)
Jessica Jimenez Math Teacher (Grade 6)
Amanda Lo Bello Math Teacher (Grade 8)
Tonya Mallory Math Teacher (Grade 6)
Mickey Medrano Math Teacher (Grade 8)
Rene Melendez Math Teacher (Grade 8) SDP
Jose Mendez Math Teacher (Grade 7)
Briana Meneses-Sullivan Math Teacher (Grade 6)
Charell Milton Math Teacher (Grade 6)
Zainab NazarKhan Math Teacher (Grade 8)
Ambar Ramirez Math Teacher (Grade 7)
Lashon Steward Math Teacher (Grade 8)
Lizbeth Hernandez Physical Education Teacher
Nkemakonam Ekeke Science Teacher (Grades 6/8 SDP)
Brenda Chavez Science Teacher (Grade 8)
Emilie Flores Science Teacher (Grade 8)
Stephanie London Science Teacher (Grade 7)
Luisa Lopez Science Teacher (Grade 7)
Brenda Morales Science Teacher (Grade 6)
Wendy Ramirez Science Teacher (Grade 8)
Shamere Riggins Science Teacher (Grades 6/7 SDP)
DaLaynna Vance Science Teacher (Grade 7)
Rosio Alvarez Special Education Aide
Elizabeth Avila Instructional Aide
Kenya Becerra Instructional Aide
Daisy Contreras Special Education Aide
Brendan Downes Special Education Aide
Anthony Dunaway Special Education Aide
Pablo Huezo Special Education Aide
Amanda Matamoros Instructional Aide
Vanessa Moya Special Education Aide
Florie Nufio Special Education Aide
Antonio Orozco Instructional Aide
Martha Ramirez Instructional Aide
Ashley Strawder Instructional Aide
Charles White Instructional Aide
Priscilla Aguilera Special Education Teacher
Emily Goodlett Special Education Teacher
Daniela Martinez Special Education Teacher
Tania Ramos Special Education Teacher
Emilia Ayala Resource Specialist Teacher
Elizabeth Downes Resource Specialist Teacher
Valerie Chavez Special Education Program Specialist
Hugo Rodas Estrada Special Education Program Administrator
Operations
Wendy Campo School Operations Manager
Hortencia De Dios Office Assistant
Tashonia Mitchell Office Assistant
Nancy Romano Parent Coordinator
Kathia Tejada Parent Coordinator
Arlene Vinzon Senior Manager of Operations
School Culture and Safety
Alex Hernandez CSO
Gene Jackson CSO
Andy Luque CSO
Opeteia Sula CSO
Jamond Williams CSO