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Rise Kohyang Middle School

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Discover Our Staff

Albert
Beltran

Assistant Principal of Culture

Albert Beltran

Albert Beltran

Assistant Principal of Culture

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Andrea
Chicaiza

Teacher

Andrea Chicaiza

Andrea Chicaiza

Teacher

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Betsy
Diaz

Assistant Principal

Betsy Diaz

Betsy Diaz

Assistant Principal

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Claire
Kwon

Substitute Teacher

Claire Kwon

Claire Kwon

Substitute Teacher

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Colin
Yamashita

Teacher

Colin Yamashita

Colin Yamashita

Teacher

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Daniel
Lee

Receptionist

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

Receptionist

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David
Correa

Teacher

David Correa

David Correa

Teacher

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Diane
Pyo

Teacher

Diane Pyo

Diane Pyo

Teacher

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Emily
Cano

Temporary Counselor

Emily Cano

Emily Cano

Temporary Counselor

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Enrico
Cosinas

Teacher

Enrico Cosinas

Enrico Cosinas

Teacher

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Francesca
Barragan

Office Manager

Francesca Barragan

Francesca Barragan

Office Manager

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Francisco
Cordova

Maintenance

Francisco Cordova

Francisco Cordova

Maintenance

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Gloria
Cuevas Galeana

Teacher

Gloria Cuevas Galeana

Gloria Cuevas Galeana

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Han Na
Park

Counselor

Han Na Park

Han Na Park

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Hannah
Rockey

Teacher

Hannah Rockey

Hannah Rockey

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Inhee
Kim

Teacher

Inhee Kim

Inhee Kim

Teacher

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Karen
Medina

Community Schools Manager

Karen Medina

Karen Medina

Community Schools Manager

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Katherine
Wong

Teacher

Katherine Wong

Katherine Wong

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Keben
Perez

Teacher

Keben Perez

Keben Perez

Teacher

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Kiyana
Hendrix

Dean of Restorative Practices

Kiyana Hendrix

Kiyana Hendrix

Dean of Restorative Practices

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Laura
Sandoval

Maintenance

Laura Sandoval

Laura Sandoval

Maintenance

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Leslie
Aguillon

Senior Dean of Operations

Leslie Aguillon

Leslie Aguillon

Senior Dean of Operations

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Max
Sweeney

Teacher

Max Sweeney

Max Sweeney

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Miguel
Gonzalez

Campus Aide

Miguel Gonzalez

Miguel Gonzalez

Campus Aide

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Nancy
Wagner

Teacher

Nancy Wagner

Nancy Wagner

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Natalie
Martinez

Operations Support

Natalie Martinez

Natalie Martinez

Operations Support

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Nicolas
Ramirez

Instructional Assistant

Nicolas Ramirez

Nicolas Ramirez

Instructional Assistant

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Rachel
Blanton

Teacher

Rachel Blanton

Rachel Blanton

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Richard
Myers

Teacher

Richard Myers

Richard Myers

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Rudy
Romero

Full Behavior Intervention Implementation Assistant

Rudy Romero

Rudy Romero

Full Behavior Intervention Implementation Assistant

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Ruth
Kim

Principal, RIse Kohyang Middle School

Ruth Kim

Ruth Kim

Principal, RIse Kohyang Middle School

Ruth Kim is the principal of Rise Kohyang Middle School, and leads the school by empowering the Phoenixes with compassion to learn and grow to give back to their own kohyang (hometown). She encourages students to achieve academic excellence and grow their unique talents so they find joy and fulfillment in higher education, career, and life.

Ruth started with RKMS in its founding year in 2012. Previously, Ruth served Rise Kohyang Middle School as Assistant Principal and an English Language Arts teacher for eight years. During that time, she was also the 6th grade-level chair and ELA department lead, and she became a National Board Certified teacher in 2018. Ruth transitioned to her principal position in 2020.

Ruth holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Irvine, multiple-subject and administrative credentials from Cal State Fullerton, and a master’s in educational administration from Cal State Fullerton.

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Ryan
East

Teacher

Ryan East

Ryan East

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Sessi
Aboli

Counselor

Sessi Aboli

Sessi Aboli

Counselor

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Silvano
Garcia

Temporary Instructional Assistant

Silvano Garcia

Silvano Garcia

Temporary Instructional Assistant

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