Dr. Eric A. ToddPrincipal
Dr. Eric A. Todd
Dr. Eric A. Todd is a highly sought after lecturer and speaker on the topic of effective and authentic organizational leadership. He has served as a school administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and is the author of, A Principled Principal, 12 Life Lessons I Have Learned About Principled Leadership!
From 2010 until 2021, Dr. Todd served as principal at NEW Academy of Science and Arts (NASA) in Los Angeles, CA.
As of July 2021, Dr. Todd now serves as the principal at NEW Academy Canoga Park, NASA’s sister school located in The Valley.
Dr. Todd received his undergraduate degree in elementary education from Oakwood University, his Master of Arts in Administration and Leadership from La Sierra University, and the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine.
He is married to the former Carol Warren, who is also a school administrator. They have two sons, Warren and Sean-Anthony.
Ms. Heather De RevereAssistant Principal
Ms. Heather De Revere
Ms. Heather De Revere, an educator for 26 years, currently serves her third year as the Assistant Principal of N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park. She has been a school leader for 7 years previously serving as a K-12 Independent Study School Administrator and K-8 Assistant Principal. Before that, she enjoyed her classroom career as a Lead Teacher, RTI Middle School Teacher, elementary school teacher, and Preschool teacher.
Ms. De Revere received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge. She earned her Masters of Education, California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Single Subject Art credential, and CrossCultural Language and Academic Development certificate from Pepperdine University. She went on to receive another Masters in Educational Leadership and Administrative credential from California Lutheran University.
She is a California native who grew up in the West San Fernando Valley. She has two daughters and one son. Ms. De Revere enjoys reading, hiking, landscaping, and DIY projects. She loves spending time with family and friends. She is a dedicated lifelong learner who believes in enjoying life by being of service to others. She is fully committed to supporting NACP’s inclusive environment, while preparing our students for the global society that surrounds us each and every day. Ms. De Revere realizes the great responsibility that she has to inspire, empower, and influence our youth, as well as the opportunity to positively impact the families, staff, and community in support of our students
Ms. Navelle MolinaEL Coordinator
Eddie CastroSchool Business Manager
Patricia McBrideSchool Business Manager Assistant
School Business Manager Assistant
Ms. McBride was born and raised in Germany and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Business Management and Accounting. In 2009 she decided to move to California and has lived in Los Angeles County ever since.
Patricia loves animals, hiking, and being active in general. She enjoys cuisine and experiencing new food from all over the world. She also loves to travel extensively and explore new cities. The most beautiful place she has been to was Egypt.
Christina HanOffice Clerk Student Records
Office Clerk Student Records
Christina Han started at N.A.C.P in 2011. She started as an Instructional Assistant and now works in the front office. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustrations.
She likes to spend her free time with her family and friends.
Vanessa GarciaParent Liaison
Vanessa Garcia has volunteered in elementary schools in the Canoga Park community since 2015. She strives for the growth of parent education and outreaches to a variety of community services. She is also certified by The Latino Family Literacy Project and has graduated from Project 2 inspire, a parent leadership workshop provided by the California Association for Bilingual Education.
She enjoys reconnecting with her culture and family in Michoacán, Mexico!
Mrs. Garcia has also participated in theater and has received performing arts recognitions.
Monica TovarOffice Assistant
Danielle SanchezTransitional Kindergarten
Mrs. Sanchez started teaching at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park in the fall of 2019. She teaches our youngest scholars in Transitional Kindergarten and is enjoying every moment!
Mrs. Sanchez received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with emphasis on Cultural Studies. and graduated from Cal State University of Los Angeles in 2008. She is currently working on clearing her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Prior to coming to N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park Mrs. Sanchez worked as a teacher assistant for twenty-four years working with the Head Start Preschool program. Her experiences also include teaching three years of summer school to students in grades 9th -12th.
Mrs. Teague earned her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development with a multiple subject teaching credential, and she is currently working on her master's degree in education. Mrs. Teague has previously taught 4th grade, as well as 4th and 5th grade special education. Mrs. Teague is thrilled to be at New Academy Canoga Park teaching kindergarten. In her spare time, Mrs. Teague enjoys traveling, going to the beach, hiking and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
Karen GarciaKindergarten Dual
Ms. Garcia graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2019 where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. She later continued her education at California State University, Northridge to pursue her teaching credentials. She is currently teaching Kindergarten Dual at N.E.W Academy Canoga Park. Prior to joining N.E.W. Academy family, Ms. Garcia was an Instructional Assistant for students enrolled in Special Education. Outside of school, Ms. Garcia serves as a board member for a local non profit organization. She also enjoys hearing audibles, working out at the gym, and spending time with her family and cat.
Katherine AguirreKindergarten Dual
Ms. Aguirre is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and Teaching Credential. She’s excited to be working with Kindergarten students this school year at NACP. In her spare time, Ms. Aguirre enjoys being outdoors and traveling to Central America to visit her family.
Analisa DiosdadoFirst Grade
Mrs. Diosdado graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in ESL. She cleared her Multiple Subject Credential at California State University, Northridge.
Mrs. Diosdado is a founding teacher of NEW Academy Canoga Park. She taught kindergarten for six years and has taught first grade for the past four years. Mrs. Diosdado has collaborated with her teacher peers in Drama Club. Mrs. Diosdado has been trained in Thinking Maps through LACOE. Mrs. Diosdado is currently the First Grade Lead Representative.
Jimena BarreraFirst Grade
Mrs. J. Barrera, formerly known as Ms. J. Rodriguez, graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Music. She returned to California State University, Northridge to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education in 2009.
Mrs. J. Barrera began working at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park in the Fall of 2007 as a first grade teacher. She has continued to work with the fantastic first graders at NACP since then. Ms. Barrera has served as the lead teacher for the first grade team for several years and in her role has assisted in the organization of many events at NACP. Over the years Ms. J. Barrera has served as mentor teacher to a number of aspiring teachers from California State University, Northridge. She is currently mentoring a student teacher from Pepperdine University and a teacher from N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park.
Daniela YniguezFirst Grade Dual
First Grade Dual
Ms. Yñiguez graduated from Pepperdine University with her B.A. in Liberal Arts and a minor in French. She received her Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching credential along with her bachelor’s degree, and she is in the process of getting her Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) credential.
Before coming to NEW Academy, Ms. Yñiguez worked with Jumpstart for two years as a member and team leader helping to promote reading and writing in low-income preschools. She also served as an English teacher at the Malibu Labor Exchange, helping day workers learn English and completed her student teaching at Sumac L-STEM Elementary School in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. As a teacher at our school, she hopes to help students achieve their dreams. This will be her first year teaching at NEW Academy Canoga Park, and she is very excited to be a part of this wonderful community. When not teaching, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Araceli CarrilloFirst Grade Dual
First Grade Dual
Ms. Carrillo graduated from Pepperdine University in 2020 with her B.A in Hispanic Studies and received a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the university's teacher preparation program. She is also currently in the process of earning her Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) credential.
Ms. Carrillo has made many wonderful teaching memories within and near the community of Canoga Park. She served as both a corps member and a team leader in Jumpstart for two years, where she supported preschool students in Canoga Park in their reading and writing development. She completed her student teaching placement in NACP's very own Mrs. Barrera's first grade class, where she fell in love with both the school and the students. As a teacher, she hopes to uplift her student's stories and empower them to believe they are capable of the extraordinary. Outside of school, Ms. Carrillo loves sharing meals with her family, listening to music, and spoiling her dogs.
Liz De LeonSecond Grade
Liz De Leon
Ms. De Leon first earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Los Angeles Trade Tech College in 2006. She then transferred to California State University of Long Beach where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and attained a Multiple Subject Credential in 2010. At New Academy Canoga Park, Ms. De Leon is a second grade teacher who is involved in Dancing Dolphins, which is an after school club for K-2nd grade.
Kevin ParkSecond Grade
Mr. Park is a Pepperdine University graduate, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and Teaching Credential. He is very excited to teach Second Grade and continue to grow as an educator. Mr. Park also works with children at his local church as the director of the Children's ministry. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with friends.
Nina CliffordThird Grade
Miss Clifford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge. During that time she focused on Psychology in Education and worked with an education consulting company that taught academics, behavioral skills, and tutoring for students’ ages 3- 17 years old. Once she graduated she knew teaching was her passion! She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Channel Islands. She has been a classroom teacher for grades K-5 and has been an intervention teacher for grades K-6. She loves inspiring her students to find their voices and be as creative as possible.
From a young age Miss Clifford knew she wanted to make a difference in the world. Being a teacher has helped her achieve that dream. Her favorite part of being a teacher is getting to know all of her amazing students and their families. When she is not teaching she loves hiking, painting, watching movies, spending time with family, and working on do it yourself projects.
Julia ChandlerThird Grade
Mrs. Chandler earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the Ohio State University. She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSUB. She has been an Intervention teacher for grades 1-6 and a classroom teacher for grades 1, 3, 4, and 6. She is thrilled to be teaching third grade at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, running, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Maribel Cachu-RiosThird Grade Dual
Third Grade Dual
Ms. Cachu graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and distinction in the major from the Service-Learning Institute at California State University Monterey Bay. While completing her degree between 2004-2008, she worked part-time as an instructional aide, afterschool teacher, and schools garden coordinator. After graduating, she taught for seven years at an early childhood education center. She also worked at non-profit organizations such as the Cesar Chavez Institute and AmeriCorps. In 2015, Ms. Cachu graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with her Master of Arts Degree in Education and BCLAD. Until recently, she taught at an elementary school in Salinas, CA. In 2018, she became a recipient of the California Teachers Association, Cynthia Peña WHO Award.
Ms. Cachu recently relocated to Los Angeles and is enjoying her role as Lead teacher for the Dual Language Academy program at N.E.W Academy Canoga Park! She is also, currently mentoring a student teacher from Pepperdine University.
Jacqueline TafoyaFourth Grade
Mrs. Tafoya has been teaching fourth grade at NACP since 2005. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from California State University Los Angeles. She also obtained a minor in Chicano Studies, as well as a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential.
Jelly Mae JadraqueFourth Grade
Jelly Mae Jadraque
Having taught at several public school districts as a substitute teacher for 3 years, I have been privileged to understand the demands of my career and how honored I am to be teaching at NACP this year. It is an exceptional experience to be a part of a community-driven charter school that makes it a mission of theirs to catapult students to their highest potential, which I professionally aim for with my learners. I came from a community of underprivileged families where student achievement gaps were seldom resolved, so I find it a great opportunity for me to use my experience as a former ELD student (myself), and a minority of color, to be involved in the education of our younger generation who face the daily challenges of being at a disadvantage or belonging to an underrepresented community. If there's anything I've learned as an educator, it's that we continue to develop, learn and grow just as our students do!
Sara AlemanFourth Grade Dual
Fourth Grade Dual
Ms. Aleman received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Stanislaus in 2019 in Liberal Studies with a concentration in English and Magna Cum Laude Honors. She then graduated in 2020 with her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a BCLAD (Bilingual, Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development) Authorization in Spanish.
Ms. Aleman enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and she loves animals. Her favorite wild animal is a lion, but she loves her dog more than any other animal. Ms. Aleman has worked with many different grade levels and is beyond excited to begin teaching fourth grade at NACP because she believes it is awesome!
Kenny HanFifth Grade
Mr. Han earned an Associates Degree in English at Pasadena City College and transferred to California State University of Northridge and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a Multiple Subject Credential in 2005. Mr. Han is currently a 5th grade teacher at NEW Academy Canoga Park. He has 9 years of experience teaching preschool children and 15 years of experience teaching at the elementary school level. On his free time, Mr. Han enjoys drinking coffee, drawing, reading books and comics, playing softball, trains in Tang Soo Do, he likes the outdoors, and he loves to spend time with his family.
Jayme ReynoldsFifth Grade
Ms. Reynolds is a native of Alabama, where she spent most of her youth studying ballet and became a member of four ballet companies before beginning her college career. Ms. Reynolds attended the University of South Alabama, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After teaching in Alabama for two years she relocated to Connecticut where she taught grades K-6 for 16 years. While a resident of the state of Connecticut, Ms. Reynolds earned her Masters of Science in Elementary Education.
Martha JimenezFourth / Fifth Dual
Fourth / Fifth Dual
Ms. Jimenez received her Master of Educational Administration on June 2007. She graduated with her Bachelor Degree on June 1999 from California State University Northridge in Liberal Studies. She receives her Multiple Subject Credential with two Preliminary credentials in English and Spanish. She has her BCLAD (Bilingual, Cross- Cultural, Language and Academic Development) Authorization in Spanish. She has taught Spanish at Middle school and she has been a regular and long term substitute teacher across all grade levels (k-12th grade). Recently, she taught already one year as fifth grade Dual Language Teacher at NACP. This is her second year in fifth grade. She loves reading, music and spend time with her family.
Erica SanchezSchool Psychologist
I am excited to be the new school psychologist at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park. I graduated with my Master’s degree in School Psychology from Phillips Graduate University and received a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Northridge in Liberal Studies. I began my career in education as an elementary school teacher and taught kindergarten-third grade for 11 years. I have always had a passion for advocating for children and families. As a bilingual school psychologist, I am able to collaborate with teachers, school staff, and families to develop strategies that will support the student academically, socially, and emotionally. My duties as a school psychologist consist of conducting psycho-educational evaluations, provide counseling in either an individual or group setting, and promote positive behavior interventions. I enjoy working with students and my goal is to provide services that will ensure that the student is successful in school.
"A few of my favorite things: I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I like to go antiquing and visiting historical sites. I am passionate about rescuing senior dogs, going for walks, and gardening"
Maritza CastilloReading Intervention
Lauren OteroOccupational Therapist
Ms. Lauren Otero received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge in 2015. She continued with obtaining her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2019 with a specialty focus in Sensory Integration and schoolbased practice. After completing her graduate studies, Ms. Otero pursued advanced training in handwriting development and Sensory Integration and completed the USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education Certificate Program.
Ms. Otero is excited to begin her first year at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park and brings with her a wealth
of knowledge and experience working in the pediatric setting while providing specialized services for
children experiencing fine and gross motor delays, sensory integration difficulties, and visual motor and
perceptual challenges. She values participating on collaborative teams to support student participation
and success in their educational curriculum.
Ms. Otero is a California native who grew up in Los Angeles. Some occupations she enjoys include
gardening, hiking, swimming, and spending time with her two dogs.