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Meet Our ASCS Team

Meet Our ASCS Team

Our Alumni Support & College Success Program Team

David
Solis

Coordinator, Alumni Support and College Success

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David Solis

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dsolis@brightstarschools.org

David Solis

Coordinator, Alumni Support and College Success

Supporting: VAHS and SHCA Class of 2017-2022 Community College and Career Technical Education Pathways

David Solis is a graduate of California State University, Northridge, where he majored in Chicana/o & Central American Studies. He serves Bright Star Schools' ASCS team as the Community College & CTE Coordinator for both Stella High Charter Academy and Valor Academy High School, he focuses on supporting alumni who are interested in pursuing a post-secondary education at community college or earning a certificate/vocational degree.

As a first-generation graduate, David uses the power of storytelling to share relatable experiences with his students to promote higher education as an option for growth. He has spent the last 10 years supporting first-generation students through college access programs that focus on college and financial aid applications, community college experience, workforce development, and financial literacy. He believes education is one powerful tool, of many, that can shape and/or change our lives.

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dsolis@brightstarschools.org

Genoveva
Cortes

Director, Alumni Support and College Success

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Genoveva Cortes

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gcortes@brightstarschools.org

Genoveva Cortes

Director, Alumni Support and College Success

Supporting: RKHS Class of 2017-2022, and all alumni applying to graduate school or needing career coaching

Genoveva Garibay Cortes has over two decades of experience working as an elementary and middle school teacher, K-12 and college administrator, and program coordinator. She was Bright Star Schools’ founding math teacher for Stella Middle Charter Academy in 2003, and currently serves as the Director of the Alumni Support and College Success (ASCS) Program for the organization. Geno developed and launched Bright Star’s ASCS Program to support the organization’s alumni to persist in and graduate from higher education. ASCS tracks, supports, and coaches Bright Star Schools' alumni to get to and through higher education, with a goal of 60% of Bright Star Schools alumni graduating with a bachelor's or associate's degree, vocational certificate, or from a workplace development program within six years of high school graduation.

Geno is a former foster youth and the first in her family to have graduated from college. She is passionate about educational equity and reform, and social justice. 

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gcortes@brightstarschools.org

Kyle
Petrie

Coordinator, Alumni Support and College Success

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Kyle Petrie

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kpetrie@brightstarschools.org

Kyle Petrie

Coordinator, Alumni Support and College Success

Supporting: VAHS Class of 2017-2022 (4-Year Colleges & Universities)

Kyle Petrie has worked in urban public education for over 12 years. He initially entered the field as a high school history teacher in the Bronx, NY, as part of Teach For America. After his time in New York, Kyle spent seven years as an AP teacher, advisor, coach, and Director of Alumni Support at Gary Comer College Prep on Chicago's south side.

As the ASCS Coordinator at Valor Academy High School, Kyle's primary responsibilities revolve around ensuring that all Valor alumni receive adequate support with the financial, academic, and social-emotional concerns that they face while pursuing higher education. Kyle is primarily motivated by the belief that higher education is the foundation that will allow our students to be successful and happy in both their careers and personal lives.

 

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kpetrie@brightstarschools.org

Mike
Carrera

Coordinator, Alumni Support and College Success

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Mike Carrera

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mcarrera@brightstarschools.org

Mike Carrera

Coordinator, Alumni Support and College Success

Supporting: SHCA Class of 2017 - 2022

Mike Carrera has worked in education for over seven years, five of which have been at Bright Star Schools. Mike is a first-generation college graduate and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Riverside in Latin American Studies and History. He also earned his Pupil Personnel Services credential and Master’s in Education degree in 2019 in Education Counseling from the University of La Verne.

Throughout the years, Mike has held various roles at Stella High Charter Academy and has assisted students and families on multiple levels. He is passionate about supporting the student body at SHCA and is a firm believer that higher education can positively shift a student's life and career choices. As the new ASCS Coordinator, Mike is determined to assist all SHCA Alums in navigating higher education and in contributing to students’ success in college and career.

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mcarrera@brightstarschools.org