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Our Team


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


Jasmine Alvarez
Jasmine Alvarez Office- La Posada
Ricardo Benavides
Ricardo Benavides office- loma
Ana Chavez
Ana Chavez Parent Liaision
Karla Chavez
Karla Chavez Office-Villa
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!

Jennifer Vega
Jennifer Vega office -loma
Rocio Gutierrez
Rocio Gutierrez School Counselor

Teaching Staff

Jamileth Barrera
Jamileth Barrera 5C teacher- loma
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- posada
Elizabeth Cabrera
Elizabeth Cabrera 3B teacher-prosperity
Martha Carvajal
Martha Carvajal 4A teacher-loma
Joanna Espinoza
Joanna Espinoza 2C teacher- prosperity
Martin Flores
Martin Flores KA teacher-posada
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
Dr. Maria Mar
Dr. Maria Mar 5A teacher-Loma
Lidia Puluc
Lidia Puluc 4B Teacher
Jose Tapia
Jose Tapia 3A teacher-prosperity
Angelica Acosta
Angelica Acosta 1B Teacher-Villa
Brandon Navia
Brandon Navia 4C teacher-loma
Israel Cuellar
Israel Cuellar 5B teacher-Loma
Leonor Gonzalez
Leonor Gonzalez Kinder Teacher

Instructional Assistants

Erika Sanchez-Goytia
Erika Sanchez-Goytia 3rd IA
Martha Marin
Martha Marin 2nd grade IA
Viridiana Morales
Viridiana Morales 1A IA
Christian Reyes
Christian Reyes 3rd grade IA
Cristal Romero
Cristal Romero 5B IA
Sonia Saenz
Sonia Saenz IA
Roxanne Telon
Roxanne Telon 4th grade IA
Sean Anthony Todd
Sean Anthony Todd 5C IA
Liliana Diaz
Liliana Diaz IA
Natalie Gamez
Natalie Gamez KC IA
Pedro Ramirez
Pedro Ramirez IA
Lily Martinez
Lily Martinez IA
Cendy Romero
Cendy Romero kinder IA
Concepcion Vargas
Concepcion Vargas 2nd grade IA
Kemberly Campos
Kemberly Campos 1st grade IA
Andrea Alas
Andrea Alas Kinder IA
Dominica Bernabe
Dominica Bernabe IA instructional assistant
Steve Vasquez
Steve Vasquez 4th grade IA


Rosa Benavides
Rosa Benavides custodian- loma
Estela Aguilar
Estela Aguilar Custodian- Villa
Sonia Claudio
Sonia Claudio custodian- prosperity
Jairo Hernandez
Jairo Hernandez custodian/campus aide

Campus Aides

Christopher Benavides
Christopher Benavides Campus Aide
Yadira Hernandez
Yadira Hernandez Campus Aide