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Nelsy Jackson
Nelsy Jackson Principal
Angelica Ortega
Angelica Ortega Curriculum and Assessment Specialist/ELD Coordinator
Angelica Ortega

Angelica Ortega

Curriculum and Assessment Specialist/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


Ricardo Benavides
Ricardo Benavides School Facilities Manager
Ana Chavez
Ana Chavez Parent Advocate
Jennifer Vega
Jennifer Vega Office Assistant
Yoana Sanchez-Valenzuela
Yoana Sanchez-Valenzuela Administration Assistant
Yoana Sanchez-Valenzuela

Yoana Sanchez-Valenzuela

Administration Assistant

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

Kemberly Campos
Kemberly Campos Attendance Clerk
Diana Solis
Diana Solis Nurse
Esteban Flores
Esteban Flores Security Guard
Martha Nunez
Martha Nunez Office Staff

Teaching Staff

Anthony Bates
Anthony Bates Teacher
Anthony Bates

Anthony Bates


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 Teacher
Elizabeth Alfaro
Elizabeth Alfaro Teacher
Martha Carvajal
Martha Carvajal Teacher
Joanna Espinoza
Joanna Espinoza Literacy and Reading Specialist/SPED Designee
Martin Flores
Martin Flores Teacher
Ignacia Gandaria
Ignacia Gandaria Teacher
Dina Garcia
Dina Garcia Teacher
Wendy Garcia
Wendy Garcia Teacher
Martha Jimenez
Martha Jimenez Teacher
Martha Marin
Martha Marin Teacher
Lidia Puluc
Lidia Puluc Teacher
Lidia Puluc

Lidia Puluc


I love science and music!

Jose Tapia
Jose Tapia Teacher
Brandon Navia
Brandon Navia Teacher
Israel Cuellar
Israel Cuellar Teacher
Leonor Gonzalez
Leonor Gonzalez Teacher
Lilian Sanchez
Lilian Sanchez RSP Teacher
Alexis Rojas
Alexis Rojas

Instructional Assistants

Erika Sanchez-Goytia
Erika Sanchez-Goytia Instructional Assistant
Christian Reyes
Christian Reyes Lead Instructional Assistant
Sean Anthony Todd
Sean Anthony Todd Instructional Assistant
Roxanne Telon
Roxanne Telon Instructional Assistant
Liliana Diaz
Liliana Diaz Instructional Assistant
Pedro Ramirez
Pedro Ramirez Instructional Assistant
Cendy Romero
Cendy Romero Instructional Assistant
Andrea Alas
Andrea Alas IA on Sub Assignment
Dominica Bernabe
Dominica Bernabe Instructional Assistant
Steve Vasquez
Steve Vasquez Instructional Assistant
Berenice Reyes
Berenice Reyes Instructional Assistant
Cindy Cabral
Cindy Cabral IA on Sub Assignment
Gabriela Chavez
Gabriela Chavez Instructional Assistant
Melanie Escobar
Melanie Escobar Instructional Assistant
Esmeralda Franco
Esmeralda Franco Instructional Assistant
Ashly Rodriguez
Ashly Rodriguez Instructional Assistant


Rosa Benavides
Rosa Benavides Janitor
Estela Aguilar
Estela Aguilar Janitor
Sonia Claudio
Sonia Claudio Janitor

Campus Aides

Christopher Benavides
Christopher Benavides Campus Aide
Jairo Hernandez
Jairo Hernandez Campus Aide/Office Clerk
Nicole Cruz
Nicole Cruz Campus Aide