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David Martinez
David Martinez Principal
Nelsy Jackson
Nelsy Jackson Assistant Principal
Angelica Ortega
Angelica Ortega ELD Coordinator
Angelica Ortega

Angelica Ortega

ELD Coordinator

Hello, my name is Angelica M. Ortega-Ramirez. I have been teaching at NEW Academy of Science and Arts for 16 years. I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade at NASA. The community and the families that I have met throughout my years here, have become my extended family. My goal every year is to inspire our students to reach their highest potential. Let’s Go Rockets! Let’s Go!

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”—John Wooden

Hola, mi nombre es Angélica M. Ortega-Ramirez. He estado enseñando en NEW Academy of Science and Arts durante 16 años. He enseñado kinder, primer grado y segundo grado en NASA. La comunidad y las familias que he conocido a lo largo de mis años aquí, se han convertido en mi familia extendida. Mi objetivo cada año es inspirar a nuestros estudiantes a alcanzar su máximo potencial. ¡Vamos Rockets! ¡Vamonos!

“El éxito proviene de saber que hiciste todo lo posible para convertirte en lo mejor que eres capaz de llegar a ser”. John Wooden

Eddie Castro
Eddie Castro School Business Manager

Campus Aides

Jasmine Alvarez
Jasmine Alvarez Prosperity Center
Christopher Benavides
Christopher Benavides Campus Aide- Villa
Jairo Hernandez
Jairo Hernandez campus aide
Nicole Cruz
Nicole Cruz Campus Aide


Ricardo Benavides
Ricardo Benavides Facilities
Ana Chavez
Ana Chavez Parent Advocate
Jennifer Vega
Jennifer Vega office -Prosperity Center
Yoana Sanchez-Valenzuela
Yoana Sanchez-Valenzuela NEW/NASA Liaision/ office
Yoana Sanchez-Valenzuela

Yoana Sanchez-Valenzuela

NEW/NASA Liaision/ office

Hi! My name is Yoana Sanchez-Valenzuela. I have been with NEW Academy of Science and Arts since 2013, and I love it! I graduated from UCLA with a degree in International Development, and I am currently the NEW/NEW Academy Liaison. I also coach the NASA Dance team! I have had the privilege to work with and help out so many amazing people, and I truly love my job! Go Rockets!

Rocio Gutierrez
Rocio Gutierrez School Counselor
Diana Solis
Diana Solis School Nurse

Teaching Staff

Jamileth Barrera
Jamileth Barrera Academic Growth and Support Specialist
Anthony Bates
Anthony Bates 3C teacher- Prosperity
Anthony Bates

Anthony Bates

3C teacher- Prosperity

My name is Anthony Bates and I will be your child’s 3rd grade teacher this year. I am originally from Michigan. I attended college at the University of Missouri and I moved out to LA in 2003. I love reading, the outdoors, sports, watching movies and spending time with my family. I am so excited to be with NEW Academy. I have been teaching 17 years in elementary school classrooms.

Deisy Borrayo
Deisy Borrayo KB teacher- Villa
Elizabeth Alfaro
Elizabeth Alfaro 3B teacher-prosperity
Martha Carvajal
Martha Carvajal 4A teacher-loma
Joanna Espinoza
Joanna Espinoza Intervention Teacher
Martin Flores
Martin Flores KA teacher-Villa
Ignacia Gandaria
Ignacia Gandaria TK teacher-posada
Dina Garcia
Dina Garcia 1A teacher-villa
Wendy Garcia
Wendy Garcia 2A teacher-prosperity
Martha Jimenez
Martha Jimenez 2B teacher-prosperity
Martha Marin
Martha Marin First Grade Teacher
Lidia Puluc
Lidia Puluc 4B Teacher
Jose Tapia
Jose Tapia 3A teacher-prosperity
Brandon Navia
Brandon Navia 4C teacher-loma
Israel Cuellar
Israel Cuellar 5B teacher-Loma
Leonor Gonzalez
Leonor Gonzalez Kinder Teacher
Cynthia Bliss
Cynthia Bliss SPED Teacher
Lilian Sanchez
Lilian Sanchez SPED Teacher

Instructional Assistants

Erika Sanchez-Goytia
Erika Sanchez-Goytia 3rd IA
Christian Reyes
Christian Reyes 3rd grade IA
Sean Anthony Todd
Sean Anthony Todd 5C IA
Roxanne Telon
Roxanne Telon 4th grade IA
Liliana Diaz
Liliana Diaz Instructional Assistant
Natalie Gamez
Natalie Gamez Instructional Assistant
Pedro Ramirez
Pedro Ramirez Instructional Assistant
Lily Martinez
Lily Martinez IA
Cendy Romero
Cendy Romero Instructional Assistant
Concepcion Vargas
Concepcion Vargas Instructional Assistant
Kemberly Campos
Kemberly Campos Instructional Assistant
Andrea Alas
Andrea Alas Kinder Instructional Assistant
Dominica Bernabe
Dominica Bernabe IA instructional assistant
Steve Vasquez
Steve Vasquez Instructional Assistant
Berenice Reyes
Berenice Reyes Instructional Assistant
Cindy Cabral
Cindy Cabral Instructional Assistant


Rosa Benavides
Rosa Benavides custodian- Prosperity
Estela Aguilar
Estela Aguilar Custodian- Loma
Sonia Claudio
Sonia Claudio custodian- Villa