Our Team

Administration

Dr. Clara M. Guerrero
Dr. Clara M. Guerrero
Principal
Dr. Clara M. Guerrero

Dr. Clara M. Guerrero

Principal
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Dr. Guerrero attended California State University Northridge where she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with a Minor in English as a Second Language and her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. She later attended California Lutheran University where she earned her Masters in Educational Leadership, Administrative Credential and in 2015 her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Guerrero’s dissertation focused on parental involvement and Two- Way Immersion.

Dr. Guerrero has been in the educational system since 2000. She has served as an Assistant Principal, college professor, instructional coach, fieldwork supervisor to student teachers, BTSA mentor, and a classroom teacher. In these capacities she has provided support and mentorship to teachers, students and parents. Dr. Guerrero believes every child has potential to do great things, and educators have the responsibility to find what makes each child shine.

Dr. Guerrero has four children. Her oldest is a student at Arizona State University where he is majoring in Construction Management. Her second child is a Biology Major and her two youngest are high school students. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family, cooking, baking delicious treats, reading, and shopping. Dr. Guerrero feels honored to be part of the professional learning community at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park and looks forward to meeting you.

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Ms. Heather
De Revere
Assistant Principal
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Ms. Heather De Revere

Assistant Principal
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Mrs. Cristina Mayer
School Business Manager
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Mrs. Cristina Mayer

School Business Manager
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Ms. Navelle Molina
EL Coordinator
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Ms. Navelle Molina

EL Coordinator
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Office

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Patricia McBride
Office Coordinator
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Patricia McBride

Office Coordinator
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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.

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Christina Han
Office Clerk Student Records
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Christina Han

Office Clerk Student Records
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Vanessa Garcia
Office Clerk Family Advocate/Community Liaison
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Vanessa Garcia

Office Clerk Family Advocate/Community Liaison
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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.

Teaching Staff

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Danielle Sanchez
Transitional Kindergarten
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Danielle Sanchez

Transitional Kindergarten
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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.

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Hadas Peters
Kindergarten
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Hadas Peters

Kindergarten
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Mrs. Peters has been an elementary-school teacher for 11 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge, class of 2007, from where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. She also holds a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and was a member of the Integrated Teacher Education Program at CSUN, with a Concentration in Language and Diversity.

Mrs. Peters is specially certified in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) from California State University, Los Angeles. Some of her professional development activities have included attending the Growing Educators Readers and Writers Workshop Conference, as well as being certified in First Aid and CPR. She has previously taught first and fourth grade, but enjoys being a kindergarten teacher most of all!

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Brenda Coronado
Kindergarten
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Brenda Coronado

Kindergarten
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Mrs. Coronado has worked many years as a Teacher’s Assistant in elementary schools in San Diego while attending community college. She transferred to California State University of Northridge and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Children’s Art Education. Mrs. Coronado worked for the Newhall School District as a substitute teacher for 4 years. She completed her student teaching at Newhall Elementary School. She received and cleared a teaching credential through National University. Mrs. Coronado began working at NEW Academy Canoga Park in 2004, as a Kindergarten teacher. She is also the founder of the after school club Dancing Dolphins for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students. Mrs. Coronado also served as a Lead teacher for the kindergarten team on the Leadership Committee since 2013 till present.

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Maria N. Alvear
Kindergarten Dual
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Maria N. Alvear

Kindergarten Dual
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Analisa Diosdado
First Grade
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Analisa Diosdado

First Grade
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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.

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Jimena Barrera
First Grade
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Jimena Barrera

First Grade
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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.

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Daniela Yniguez
First Grade Dual
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Daniela Yniguez

First Grade Dual
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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.

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Andrea Cuba
Second Grade
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Andrea Cuba

Second Grade
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Ms.Andréa Cuba is a second grade teacher at NACP. She received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge, as well as her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

One of the things she really loves to do is learn. Ms. Cuba is still at CSUN working on her master’s degree in Multicultural Education. Another thing she loves to do is read. Some of her favorite books include The Pigman by Paul Zindel and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. She also enjoys ice-skating, being with my family and friends, writing poetry, and making art.

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Liz De Leon
Second Grade
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Liz De Leon

Second Grade
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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.

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Odette Guzman
Second Grade Dual
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Odette Guzman

Second Grade Dual
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Cynthia Guirola
Third Grade
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Cynthia Guirola

Third Grade
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Mrs. Guirola earned an Associate’s degree from Orange Coast College in 2004. She then attended California State University of Long Beach where she graduated and received her teaching credential, along with her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, in 2008.

Mrs. Guirola has taught in various grade levels ranging from third to seventh grade in both public and private schools, before joining NACP as a kindergarten teacher in 2013. She now is excited to teach third grade!

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Nina Clifford
Third Grade
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Nina Clifford

Third Grade
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Maribel Cachu-Rios
Third Grade Dual
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Maribel Cachu-Rios

Third Grade Dual
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Jacqueline Tafoya
Fourth Grade
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Jacqueline Tafoya

Fourth Grade
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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.

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Valerie Greenan
Fourth Grade
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Valerie Greenan

Fourth Grade
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Ms. Greenan started at NACP in 2005 as an LA’s BEST coach. She began teaching at NACP in 2008. Prior to teaching she earned her associate’s degree at Santa Monica College where she graduated with honors and received an Academic Student Athlete award. Ms. Greenan earned her Bachelor’s Degree is Child and Adolescent Development from California State University Northridge where she graduated with honors.

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Kenny Han
Fifth Grade
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Kenny Han

Fifth Grade
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Jayme Reynolds
Fifth Grade
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Jayme Reynolds

Fifth Grade
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Martha Jimenez
Fourth / Fifth Dual
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Martha Jimenez

Fourth / Fifth Dual
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Marycarmen Contreras
Fourth / Fifth Dual
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Marycarmen Contreras

Fourth / Fifth Dual
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Mrs.Contreras earned her B.A in Spanish Language and Culture and her teaching credentials from Cal State Northridge. She also holds a bilingual credential and is passionate about dual language education. Mrs. Contreras began her teaching career here at NEW Academy as a student teacher and as a substitute teacher in 2017. She went on to teach TK/K and is currently teaching 4th/5th in our Language Academy and is thrilled to be at NEW Academy Canoga Park.

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Andrea Taylor
RSPP Teacher
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Andrea Taylor

RSPP Teacher
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My name is Andrea Taylor and I am very happy to be part of Home of the Dolphins. I earned my Early Childhood Education Certificate in Santa Cruz, my B.A. and Special Education Teaching Credential at CSUN and my Masters in Education at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

I enjoy working with students of all ages, Pre-K and Kindergarten through High School. I have acted in many roles in my career such as; senior class coordinator, event planner, senior final project coordinator, health and fitness motivator, and family social liaison. When I’m not working as an educator I enjoy outdoor activities such as; backpacking, running, hiking, camping, BBQs with family and friends, traveling, spending time with my two grown children and three grandchildren. I’m very lucky to have my children live nearby which allows us to spend time together often.

I am proud to be part of such a wonderful team here at N.E.W. Academy and I look forward to growing and learning from my colleagues and students each day.

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Linda Michel
Speech and Language Pathologist
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Barbara Gifford
School Psychologist
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Rachel Simkin
Occupational Therapist
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Kelly Spector
Librarian
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Kelly Spector

Librarian
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Mrs. Spector earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies with a Kinesiology concentration at CSUN in 1999. She then attended graduate school at CLU in Thousand Oaks to pursue a CLAD Multiple Subject K-12 Teaching Credential, which she obtained in 2001. She received her Masters in Education in 2003.

Before coming to NACP, Mrs. Spector taught Physical Education for grades four through six, coached after school sports, taught Kindergarten and First Grade and so many more grade levels and subjects. She has been teaching for over 24 years and has served as NACP’s librarian since 2012. She looks forward each year to the literary adventures that take us beyond the pages. Oh, the places we’ll go!

See what is happening in the NACP library at Camp Read S’more. www.campreadsmore.com