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Message from Our Principals

Hello Constellation scholars, parents, and school community,

Angela Carter Rodriguez and Melissa Annette Russell are proud  to lead Animo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School.  As lifelong educators, our goal is to provide a safe, equitable, rigorous, 21st century education to the scholars of AMJ.

As your principals, We Commit to keeping you informed of our evolving reality.  It is our job to keep our constellation safe and provide the most rigorous academic program available.  Our Constellation will “Rise Up” and advocate for social justice in the Watts and Compton communities.  Parents and guardians, please know that you are always welcome at AMJ and we consider you an essential part of our family.  We know that it takes a village to provide the best educational experience for our children. We invite you to actively participate in our school activities through our Coffee/Pizza with the principals, school committees and programming, while actively engaging with your child’s education especially during distance/hybrid learning.

At AMJ we have dedicated and talented staff, serving approximately 540 students in grades 6-8.  We believe in meeting the needs of the whole child.  This includes a rigorous and engaging academic program that includes targeted intervention and/or enrichment built into the school day.  We also have a daily advisory program that builds students’ social-emotional skills, academic habits, and college awareness.  

This vision embodies our mission as a school community.  This vision articulates our hopes and dreams as a school community, and helps to define our path to get there. If you are new to the Animo Mae Jemison family, welcome, you have just entered into a very special place. A place where everyone believes in their heart that every child must be prepared for college, leadership, and life – and that this begins as soon as our students walk in our doors as 6th graders. A place defined by a social justice imperative to disrupt the narrative that says that students in our community will be defined by their zip code.  Together our constellation will “Rise Up” and prepare our scholars to be the professionals, entrepreneurs, visionaries, social justice warriors, and leaders of the future.

In partnership,

 

Dr. Angela Carter Rodriguez                 Ms. Melissa Annette Russell

Principal                                                 Principal

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Last Name First Name Position
Aispuro Hillary Community School Coordinator
Alvarado Ana School Operations Manager
Amaral Yolanda English Teacher
Lamberth Leah English Teacher
Banks Marquinn Campus Aide/Security Guard
Beatley Angel Math Teacher
Beckstrand Carolvee Math Teacher
Bravo Jessica Special Education Teacher
Crowley Patrick Assistant Principal
Espinoza Jessica School Operations Assistant
Estevez Daisy Social Studies Teacher
Freeman Amahni ELA Teacher
Garcia Brenda Office Assistant
Gatdula Ephraim Math Teacher
Gonzalez April Campus Aide/Security Guard
Gonzalez Erica Special Education Teacher
Hernandez Sylvia English Teacher
Jacques Jennifer Science Teacher
Khoury Andrew School Councelor
Lopez Luisa Science Teacher
Luigs Whitney Special Education Teacher
Lujan Javier English Teacher
Luna Gryselda Science Teacher
Montanez Andres Social Science Teacher
Morales Jimmy Counselor
Nasry Erin Social Studies Teacher
Ponce Noemy School Mental Health Supervisor
Quintero Arlene Parent Coordinator
Ramos Elvira School Psychologist
Reyes Miguel Math Intervention Teacher
Rodriguez Angela Principal
Ruiz Fernando Math Teacher
Russell Melissa Principal
Trejo Jessica ELA Teacher
Sanchez Danny Math Teacher
Trejo Jessica ELA Teacher
Wang Brian English Teacher
Last Name First Name Position
Aispuro Hillary Community School Coordinator
Alvarado Ana School Operations Manager
Crowley Patrick Assistant Principal
Espinoza Jessica School Operations Assistant
Garcia Brenda Office Assistant
Ponce Noemy School Mental Health Supervisor
Quintero Arlene Parent Coordinator
Rodriguez Angela Principal
Russell Melissa Principal
Last Name First Name Position
Amaral Yolanda English Teacher
Lamberth Leah English Teacher
Beatley Angel Math Teacher
Beckstrand Carolvee Math Teacher
Bravo Jessica Special Education Teacher
Estevez Daisy Social Studies Teacher
Freeman Amahni ELA Teacher
Gatdula Ephraim Math Teacher
Gonzalez Erica Special Education Teacher
Hernandez Sylvia English Teacher
Jacques Jennifer Science Teacher
Lopez Luisa Science Teacher
Luigs Whitney Special Education Teacher
Lujan Javier English Teacher
Luna Gryselda Science Teacher
Montanez Andres Social Science Teacher
Nasry Erin Social Studies Teacher
Reyes Miguel Math Intervention Teacher
Ruiz Fernando Math Teacher
Trejo Jessica ELA Teacher
Sanchez Danny Math Teacher
Trejo Jessica ELA Teacher
Wang Brian English Teacher
Last Name First Name Position
Khoury Andrew School Counselor
Morales Jimmy Counselor
Ramos Elvira School Psychologist
Last Name First Name Position
Banks Marquinn Campus Aide/Security Guard
Gonzalez April Campus Aide/Security Guard

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