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.
Eddie CastroSchool Business Manager
Nina CliffordCurriculum and Assessment Specialist
Curriculum and Assessment Specialist
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.
Navelle MolinaAcademic Growth & Support Specialist
Maritza CastilloEL Coordinator & Reading Intervention
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Anais Rodriguez (Serpas)Teacher
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.
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.
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.
Chris RuddyRSP Teacher
Valerie HildrethVisual Arts Instructor
Visual Arts Instructor
Makaela BliedInstructional Assistant
Alexis AguilarInstructional Assistant
Lascelle ErskineInstructional Assistant
Estefani FuentesInstructional Assistant
Diana GonzalezInstructional Assistant
Jocelyn GonzalezInstructional Assistant
Dagmar MasoumiInstructional Assistant
Jasmin PalaciosInstructional Assistant
Rose ReyesInstructional Assistant
Shante SanchezInstructional Assistant
Nancy SanderInstructional Assistant
Kaylie QuanInstructional Assistant
Stephanie OscalInstructional Assistant
Jonathan RamirezInstructional Assistant
Yesenia AraujoInstructional Assistant
Mindy NaranjoInstructional Assistant
Jacqueline TorresInstructional Assistant
Kevin TorioInstructional Assistant
Vanessa GarciaOffice Assistant
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.
Christina HanOffice Assistant
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.
Alejandro JimenezOffice Assistant
Patricia StotzerHR Coordinator
Mrs. Patricia was born and raised in Germany and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Business Management and Accounting. In 2009 she moved to California and has lived in Los Angeles County ever since. Patricia loves animals, hiking and being active in general. She enjoys all types of cuisine and experiencing new food from all over the world. She also loves to travel extensively and explore new cities all around the world. The most beautiful places she has ever been to were Egypt and the Maldives!
Maggie SorooshianAccounting & Payroll Specialist
Accounting & Payroll Specialist
Teresa NunezSPED Clerk
Monica TovarOffice Assistant
Sara AbronsonSchool Psychologist