Our Team

We care about our students and community,
and we are proud to serve ALL.

Meet Our Principal

Dear Ánimo Family,

At Ánimo Leadership, we are a community of scholars working to forge an equitable future for our school and community. Together, we engage in rigorous and relevant coursework, learn about our unique community, explore various career and college paths, and lead with innovation and compassion. Ánimo Leadership’s vision is for every student to have access to an equitable, high-quality, and engaging learning experience that will prepare them for college, leadership, and life.

This vision articulates our hopes and dreams as a school community and helps define our path to get there. Our school is defined by a social justice imperative that says students who grow up in the Lennox and Inglewood communities can and will achieve at the same level as their more district peers. This is a campus where academic acceleration is truly happening. During the 2021-22 school year, Leadership had one of the highest proficiency rates among Green Dot high schools on the ELA and math SBAC tests.

Our dedicated and talented staff serves approximately 650 students in grades 9-12. In addition to a rigorous and engaging A-G core curriculum, we offer a variety of additional opportunities to educate the whole child:

  • An advisory program that builds students’ social-emotional skills, academic habits, and college awareness.
  • Multiple teacher-sponsored and arc-sponsored clubs, from drama to our Stonewall Alliance.
  • Targeted math and reading intervention that accelerates student growth in order to help them reach grade level proficiency.
  • Enrichment electives that foster creativity and collaboration: technology, drama, art, robotics, composition, ethnic studies, and college readiness.
  • Competitive sports teams, including basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, and volleyball.
  • Assemblies, award ceremonies, and incentive events that recognize and celebrate student success.
  • Annual field trips to local universities.

Parents and guardians are always welcome to visit our campus. We view parents and families as important partners in providing students with meaningful educational experiences and supporting their full development. We encourage you to become active participants in your child’s education by attending parent workshops and monthly family meetings, volunteering, or engaging in a nightly routine of reading to your child and getting them prepared for the next day of school.

Please don’t hesitate to call our office or join us at our monthly Coffee with the Principal meetings, which are on the school calendar. Whether you are a student, a parent, a teacher, or a community member, we welcome you to the Ánimo Leadership family.

In partnership,
Danielle Berger
Principal

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Staff Directory

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  • Classified Staff
First Name Last Name Position
Iracema Alvarado Parent Coordinator
Denise Amezcua College Readiness Teacher
Eduardo Andrade Biology Teacher
Amelia Arambula Assistant Principal
Alejandro Barajas Art Teacher
Danielle Berger Principal
Dalia Bessudo Math Teacher
Austin Bruns English Teacher
Jorge Bucio Guard
Stacie Camacho Counselor
Francesca Campbell Psychologist
Liliana Castaneda SPED Teacher
Elizabeth Chavez Math Teacher
Taylor Ciano Social Science Teacher
Jacqueline Ciriaco Office Assistant
Samantha Diego English Teacher
Sarah Ducker Assistant Principal
Gabriela Duran School Operations Manager
Sandra Estrada Spanish Teacher
Judith Flores Spanish Teacher
Amy Hernandez Office Assistant
Brandon Kawata Physics Teacher
Kathleen LaFrance Social Science Teacher
Jessica Lopez English Teacher
Jonathan Loyola Math Teacher
Rollin Matthews Counselor
Patrick McDowell Math Teacher
Sergio Medrano Physical Education Teacher
Yahaira Navarcia SPED Teacher
Evelyn Navarro Math Teacher
Jeffrey O'Brien English Teacher
Princewell Obinma Office Assistant
Danielle Oh English Teacher
Yoolee Park Biology Teacher
Maire-Rose Pike Drama Teacher
Jay Quincy Social Science Teacher
David Ramos Technology Teacher
Cynthia Reyes Spanish Teacher
Raymundo Rosa Campus Aide/Security Guard
Carrol Rowland SPED Teacher
Lei-Ana Ruebe Chemistry Teacher
Tedd Spater Social Science Teacher
Catherine Stine English Teacher
First Name Last Name Position
Iracema Alvarado Parent Coordinator
Amelia Arambula Assistant Principal
Danielle Berger Principal
Jacqueline Ciriaco Office Assistant
Sarah Ducker Assistant Principal
Gabriela Duran School Operations Manager
Amy Hernandez Office Assistant
Princewell Obinma Office Assistant
First Name Last Name Position
Denise Amezcua College Readiness Teacher
Eduardo Andrade Biology Teacher
Alejandro Barajas Art Teacher
Dalia Bessudo Math Teacher
Austin Bruns English Teacher
Liliana Castaneda SPED Teacher
Elizabeth Chavez Math Teacher
Taylor Ciano Social Science Teacher
Samantha Diego English Teacher
Sandra Estrada Spanish Teacher
Judith Flores Spanish Teacher
Brandon Kawata Physics Teacher
Kathleen LaFrance Social Science Teacher
Jessica Lopez English Teacher
Jonathan Loyola Math Teacher
Patrick McDowell Math Teacher
Sergio Medrano Physical Education Teacher
Yahaira Navarcia SPED Teacher
Evelyn Navarro Math Teacher
Jeffrey O'Brien English Teacher
Danielle Oh English Teacher
Yoolee Park Biology Teacher
Maire-Rose Pike Drama Teacher
Jay Quincy Social Science Teacher
David Ramos Technology Teacher
Cynthia Reyes Spanish Teacher
Carrol Rowland SPED Teacher
Lei-Ana Ruebe Chemistry Teacher
Tedd Spater Social Science Teacher
Catherine Stine English Teacher
First Name Last Name Position
Stacie Camacho Counselor
Francesca Campbell Psychologist
Rollin Matthews Counselor
First Name Last Name Position
Jorge Bucio Guard
Raymundo Rosa Campus Aide/Security Guard

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