Mrs. Higbee graduated with honors from Los Angeles Valley College with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Studies. She then transferred to California State University, Northridge, where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a preliminary multiple subject teaching credential. She has been teaching fifth grade for twelve years, all of them being here at NEW Academy Canoga Park.
Mrs. Higbee has presented at the Charter school conference and was one of a select few chosen by the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute for travel and education. She enjoys spending her free time reading, baking, and snuggling her menagerie of pets.
Mr. Han has taught for eight years as an Early Childhood educator and ten years as an elementary teacher. He earned an Associate’s Degree in English from Pasadena City College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge. He is First Aid Certified.
Mr. Han is an NACP Drama Club Director, assistant coach for LA’s BEST’s girls’ sports, Yearbook coordinator, a Technology Committee member, and a Cooking Club Teacher. He is a former Chess Club Leader, Reading Club Leader, fifth grade Lead Teacher, SSC member, Jr. Optimist Club Leader, and Run Club Teacher.
Ms. Rodriguez Castro holds an Associate’s Degree in Child Development from Citrus College. She pursued her MA in Bilingual Elementary Education and multiple subject credential with a BCLAD (Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language Academic Development) from Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Rodriguez Castro also holds a certification to teach academic Spanish in grades K-12 from Loyola Marymount University and is a current member of CABE (California Associate for Bilingual Education).
She has taught preschool, 2nd grade Dual Spanish and third grade. On her free time Ms. Rodriguez Castro likes to spend time with her family and her dog Rizzo.