Meet Our Principal

Welcome to Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School!  As part of Green Dot Public Schools, we strive to provide a quality education and prepare all students for college, leadership, and life. Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School is a free, public charter middle school. We proudly serve the Watts and surrounding community, providing high quality, public, 6th - 8th grade college-ready education.

Ánimo James B. Taylor (AJBT) is one of Green Dot’s leading middle schools. Founded in 2013, we pride ourselves on building a culture and environment that embodies and symbolizes the feeling of “family”, and believe that “greatness” lives within the AJBT walls. Students know and feel that their teachers care, and the community at large works seamlessly with teachers and staff to promote growth and success. The Ánimo James B. Taylor family is Teamstrong, and we are interested in showing you just what “greatness” can be.

Whether you're a parent looking for a new school for your child, a community member, or an educator looking for a great school to work with, we are eager to hear from you and are happy to answer any questions you have.


Tiana Diggs

Office Hours: 7a-10a, 3p-5p

Our Team

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

You may view these instructions on how to contact people through PowerSchool.


First Name Last Name Position
Vanessa Acosta Social Science Teacher
Manuel Alonzo Jr. Social Studies Teacher
Todd Anderson English Teacher
Krystle Braxton English Teacher
Alexandre Burrall English Teacher
Daniel Chapple Math Teacher
Michael Cohen English Teacher
Erika Delgado English Teacher
Tiana Diggs Principal
Patrice Dodd Special Education Teacher
Gabriela Duran Parent Coordinator
Samuel Ginder Math Teacher
Jacqueline Realegeno Special Education Teacher
Sara Hull Science Teacher
Raul Jimenez Math Teacher
Daisy Ledezma Math Teacher
Derek Lopez School Operations Manager
Christian Lopez Counselor
Jovanny Lopez Campus Security Officer
Aneesa Mateen Special Education Teacher
Frida Morales Science Teacher
Leonel Ramirez Valadez Social Science Teacher
Veronica Robinson Science Teacher
LaShawnae Smith English Teacher
Chris Smith Special Education Aide
Cristina Sosa English Teacher
Alex Spear Science Teacher
Maria Torres Ramirez Office Assistant
Kevin Wason Social Science Teacher
Allison Ying Math Teacher
Naomi Yokota Assistant Principal
Agnes Yoon Math Teacher

Teacher Office Hours