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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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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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Lysette Martinez
Kindergarten
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Lysette Martinez

Kindergarten
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Ms. Martinez graduated from Sonoma State University’s Hutchins School of Liberal Studies with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Film Studies. She proceeded to achieve her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. Prior to coming to NACP, Ms. Martinez worked as a substitute teacher. Ms. Martinez is excited to join N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park as a kindergarten teacher and instill her love of learning to all students.

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Melissa Navarro
Kindergarten
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Melissa Navarro

Kindergarten
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Ms. Navarro is a Kindergarten teacher at NACP. She has received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education along with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University. She has four years of experience working with children ranging from ages 1.5-5 years in Early Childhood Education.

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Katherine Aguirre
Kindergarten
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Katherine Aguirre

Kindergarten
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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.

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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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Nina Clifford
Third Grade
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Nina Clifford

Third Grade
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Julia Chandler
Third Grade
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Julia Chandler

Third Grade
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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.

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Maribel Cachu-Rios
Third Grade Dual
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Maribel Cachu-Rios

Third Grade Dual
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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.

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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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Sara Aleman
Fourth Grade Dual
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Sara Aleman

Fourth Grade Dual
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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!

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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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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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Ana Lucia Valentini Barrabino
Speech and Language Pathologist
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Rachel Simkin
Occupational Therapist
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Gabby Casas
School Psychologist