Miramar Campus High School

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Leadership

LEADERSHIP TEAM - Equipo de Liderazgo
Marisol Pineda-Conde
Principal
 
 
As the Principal, Marisol is tasked with setting the vision and effectively ensuring that Miramar is preparing students to be college-ready, college bound, agents of social change. She is responsible for ensuring that all students leave Miramar with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the demands of the 21st century. 
 
Prior to becoming principal, she was the Assistant Principal of the Camino Nuevo Dalzell Lance Campus where she had been an educator for the past six years. Her journey in education began in college where she had the opportunity to work with the Breakthrough Collaborative in San Juan Capistrano. Soon after, she began teaching US History and Advanced Placement Government at Camino Nuevo High School- Dalzell Lance Campus through the Teach For America program.
 
Marisol received a BA degree in Government from Harvard University, an MA in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University, and an MA in Charter School Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills where she also completed the Charter & Autonomous School Leadership Academy (CASLA) program. She is married and mother to two wonderful children.
 
 
Terrell Sales
Assistant Principal of Mathematics and Science Instruction
As the Assistant Principal of Mathematics and Science Instruction, Terrell is responsible for ensuring that all students at Miramar are on the pathway for excellence and achievement in both Math and Science. He is responsible for providing the greatest learning opportunities for all students grades 9-12. His primary focus is to ensure that when all students are admitted to college they are both successful and competitive at the next level and beyond. Prior to working at Miramar High School, Terrell worked as a Manager of Teacher Leadership and Development for Teach for America and as a Mathematics Specialist for Pearson Education. In addition to Terrell’s leadership roles with teachers, he also has many years of classroom experience as a Math and Science Teacher working with students in the Greater Los Angeles area.
 
Terrell completed his Bachelor of Arts at Pepperdine University, his Master of Education in Teacher Leadership at Vanguard University, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University.
Jessica Rendon
Assistant Principal of Language and Literacy
 As the Assistant Principal of Language and Literacy, Jessica is responsible for both the day-to-day and long-term plans related to language development and student literacy at CNCA Miramar. She works closely with both the English and History departments in order to engage them in, and support them with, the important work of moving students toward college level reading proficiency and developing professional communication skills. Jessica has just entered her 10th year in education, specifically in Los Angeles area charter schools, where she taught all levels of English Language Arts, as well as served as Teacher Coach and Director of Professional Development.

Jessica completed her Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of California, Los Angeles, a Masters of Secondary Education at Loyola Marymount University, as well as a Masters of Educational Leadership and California State University, Fullerton.
Pedro Gomez
Dean of Culture

 

Pedro Gomez grew up in northeast San Fernando Valley, where his migrant parents raised six children. At a young age, he was exposed to many risk factors (i.e. low-income community, substance use, violence, etc.) Although he grew up in tough neighborhood, he graduated high school and attended Los Angeles Mission College. He then, transferred to UC Santa Barbara where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Black Studies.

 

Upon his return to Los Angeles, Pedro joined Public Allies Los Angeles a fellowship that focused on leadership capacity and community development. While at Public Allies, Pedro was placed at Youth Mentoring Connection, where he had the opportunity to mentor youth throughout the greater Los Angeles area. It was through this experience, that Pedro found his passion for youth and community development. Pedro then enrolled at Loyola Marymount University, where he earned his Masters degree in Counseling and credential in Pupil Personnel Services.

 

 

Flor Gonzalez
Student and Family Services Coordinator
 
Jesse Buendia
Operations Coordinator
As the Operations Coordinator, Jesse is tasked with keeping the school in compliance, ensuring it operates smoothly and provides support to the administration team. Prior to Camino Nuevo, Jesse worked in similar capacities for 3 different schools (Holy Trinity High School, Intrinsic Schools and Uno Charter School Network) in Chicago. Jesse is a Chicago native. 
 
He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and obtained his Masters in Educational Policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago. New to LA, he likes to explore and as a foodie, is in search for the perfect taco.
Elena Fuentes
College Counselor
As the College Counselor, Elena is responsible for providing academic, college, and career advising to all students 9-12, with an emphasis on seniors’ college application process. She works diligently to ensure access to relevant college and career information that will afford all students with greater college and career opportunities. Elena developed her passion working with youth during her undergraduate studies through her mentorship work with Latinas Guiding Latinas de UCLA. She has served first-generation middle school and high school students in East Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Long Beach and Anaheim over the course of nine years and strives to increase student development and academic achievement.
 
Elena completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies with an Education minor at the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master of Science in Counseling with School Counseling option along with her Pupil Personnel Services Credential at California State University, Long Beach.