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Rise Kohyang High School

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Afreen
Ahmed

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Afreen Ahmed

Afreen Ahmed

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Ajay
Ghingoor

Teacher

Ajay Ghingoor

Ajay Ghingoor

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Allen
Andrews

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Allen Andrews

Allen Andrews

Assistant Principal of Instruction

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Brian
Ortiz

Campus Aide

Brian Ortiz

Brian Ortiz

Campus Aide

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Caitlin
Han

Teacher

Caitlin Han

Caitlin Han

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Carla
Pulido Ruiz

Assistant Dean of Restorative Practices

Carla Pulido Ruiz

Carla Pulido Ruiz

Assistant Dean of Restorative Practices

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Cecilia
Cueva

Teacher

Cecilia Cueva

Cecilia Cueva

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Christian
Navarro

Campus Aide

Christian Navarro

Christian Navarro

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Christopher
Flaherty

Teacher

Christopher Flaherty

Christopher Flaherty

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Claudia
Gardner

Office Manager

Claudia Gardner

Claudia Gardner

Office Manager

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Curtis
Spiller

Teacher

Curtis Spiller

Curtis Spiller

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Cynthia
Trigueros

Principal, Rise Kohyang High School

Cynthia Trigueros

Cynthia Trigueros

Principal, Rise Kohyang High School

Cynthia Trigueros is the principal of Rise Kohyang High School, and she leads the Tritons to achieve academic excellence and grow their unique talents so they find joy and fulfillment in higher education, career, and life.

Cynthia has served Bright Star Schools for over 15 years. She previously served as a founding biology teacher, an assistant principal, and interim principal at Rise Kohyang High School before being named principal in 2021. Cynthia was also a founding science teacher at Rise Kohyang Middle School, where she taught for nearly six years.

Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge, a master of arts in bilingual elementary education from Loyola Marymount University as well as a master and credential in educational leadership and administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

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Deana
Estrada Wu

Dean of Instruction

Deana Estrada Wu

Deana Estrada Wu

Dean of Instruction

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Desirae
Dickinson

Teacher

Desirae Dickinson

Desirae Dickinson

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Edwin
Hernandez

Teacher

Edwin Hernandez

Edwin Hernandez

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Ekaterina
Mikhailova

Instructional Assistant

Ekaterina Mikhailova

Ekaterina Mikhailova

Instructional Assistant

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Erika
Sierra

Instructional Assistant

Erika Sierra

Erika Sierra

Instructional Assistant

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Gabriela
Monje

Dean of Operations

Gabriela Monje

Gabriela Monje

Dean of Operations

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Genoveva
Cortes

Director, Alumni Support and College Success

Genoveva Cortes

Genoveva Cortes

Director, Alumni Support and College Success

Supporting: All Bright Star Schools Alumni with with the graduate school application process

M.A., Harvard Graduate School of Education, Class of 2010

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Class of 1997

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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Hwayoung
Jeon

Teacher

Hwayoung Jeon

Hwayoung Jeon

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Hyun
Kim

Dean of Academic Supports

Hyun Kim

Hyun Kim

Dean of Academic Supports

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Ibian
Cervantes

Teacher

Ibian Cervantes

Ibian Cervantes

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Iliana
Dorantes

Counselor

Iliana Dorantes

Iliana Dorantes

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Isaac
Nef

Teacher

Isaac Nef

Isaac Nef

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Jill
Massinger

Staff

Jill Massinger

Jill Massinger

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Jocelynn
Velazquez

Instructional Assistant

Jocelynn Velazquez

Jocelynn Velazquez

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John
Nelson

Teacher

John Nelson

John Nelson

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Jonathan
Merrick

Teacher

Jonathan Merrick

Jonathan Merrick

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Kimberly
Arteaga

Coordinator, Alumni Support and College Success

Kimberly Arteaga

Kimberly Arteaga

Coordinator, Alumni Support and College Success

Coordinator, Alumni Support and College Success
Supporting: RKHS Class of 2020-2023

B.A., UC San Diego, Class of 2014

Kimberly Arteaga received her B.A. in Human Development and minor in Chicana/o studies from UC San Diego. She was born and raised in LA and is the first one in her family to go to college and graduate. She has been supporting students in higher education, college access and retention programs for over 7 years. Part of her passion for working with students comes from her own lived experiences. Through her multiple roles she has supported and guided high school and college students in attaining higher education and beyond. She has also worked with community members and parents in supporting students' achieving their hopes and dreams.

Kimberly is excited to continue working with students in her current role as the RKHS Alumni Support and College Success Coordinator. She is here to support and guide students in achieving their maximum potential whether it is with attending higher education or entering the workforce.

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Laurel
Hines Hogue

Teacher

Laurel Hines Hogue

Laurel Hines Hogue

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Leonardo
Vargas Ponce

Teacher

Leonardo Vargas Ponce

Leonardo Vargas Ponce

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Luis
Bermudez

Counselor

Luis Bermudez

Luis Bermudez

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Mariana
Ulloa

Campus Aide

Mariana Ulloa

Mariana Ulloa

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Mariloli
Barcena Martinez

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Mariloli Barcena Martinez

Mariloli Barcena Martinez

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

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Megan
Howell

Teacher

Megan Howell

Megan Howell

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Mikaela
Kelley

Teacher

Mikaela Kelley

Mikaela Kelley

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Nicholas
Alegria

Teacher

Nicholas Alegria

Nicholas Alegria

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Oliber
Felix Sanchez

Teacher

Oliber Felix Sanchez

Oliber Felix Sanchez

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Priscilla
Park

Counselor

Priscilla Park

Priscilla Park

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Rachel
Scutti

Teacher

Rachel Scutti

Rachel Scutti

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Roberto
Franco

Associate Dean of Restorative Practices

Roberto Franco

Roberto Franco

Associate Dean of Restorative Practices

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Sean
Burgess

Teacher

Sean Burgess

Sean Burgess

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Spencer
Szabo

Counselor

Spencer Szabo

Spencer Szabo

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Stephanie
Kozofsky

Assistant Principal of Culture

Stephanie Kozofsky

Stephanie Kozofsky

Assistant Principal of Culture

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Sue
Chae

Counseling Department Chair and Grade 12 Counselor

Sue Chae

Sue Chae

Counseling Department Chair and Grade 12 Counselor

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Summer
Silbart

Teacher

Summer Silbart

Summer Silbart

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Tae Min
Kim

Teacher

Tae Min Kim

Tae Min Kim

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Tamar
Rivera

Instructional Assistant

Tamar Rivera

Tamar Rivera

Instructional Assistant

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Thiany
Armijo

Teacher

Thiany Armijo

Thiany Armijo

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Trenton
Mosley

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Trenton Mosley

Trenton Mosley

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

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Vladimir
Duran

Teacher

Vladimir Duran

Vladimir Duran

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Yolanda
Galeazzi

Dean of Student Activities & Athletics

Yolanda Galeazzi

Yolanda Galeazzi

Dean of Student Activities & Athletics

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Yoseline
Crisostomo

Yoseline Crisostomo

Yoseline Crisostomo

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Yuritza
Rojas

Teacher

Yuritza Rojas

Yuritza Rojas

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