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Stella High Charter Academy

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Discover Our Staff

Abdulmalek
Sulaiman

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Abdulmalek Sulaiman

Abdulmalek Sulaiman

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Ailyn
Galvan

Teacher

Ailyn Galvan

Ailyn Galvan

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Alberto
Vera

Teacher

Alberto Vera

Alberto Vera

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Alexandra
Brown

School Counselor

Alexandra Brown

Alexandra Brown

School Counselor

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Alexis
Carrero

Teacher

Alexis Carrero

Alexis Carrero

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Alexsandr
Kanevskiy

Alexsandr Kanevskiy

Alexsandr Kanevskiy

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Amanda K.
Lopez

Paraprofessional

Amanda K. Lopez

Amanda K. Lopez

Paraprofessional

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Amanda
Lopez

Campus Aide

Amanda Lopez

Amanda Lopez

Campus Aide

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Andrea
Garcia Chavez

College & Career Counseling Assistant

Andrea Garcia Chavez

Andrea Garcia Chavez

College & Career Counseling Assistant

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Angelique
Lopez

Teacher

Angelique Lopez

Angelique Lopez

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Anita
Pande

Teacher

Anita Pande

Anita Pande

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Anthony
Lentz

Counselor

Anthony Lentz

Anthony Lentz

Counselor

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Asma
Ali-Dodough

Assistant Principal of Student & Family Services

Asma Ali-Dodough

Asma Ali-Dodough

Assistant Principal of Student & Family Services

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Bernadette
McComish

Teacher

Bernadette McComish

Bernadette McComish

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Beth
Pollak

Instructional Coach

Beth Pollak

Beth Pollak

Instructional Coach

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Bryan
Alfaro

School Data Specialist

Bryan Alfaro

Bryan Alfaro

School Data Specialist

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Carla
Chavez

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Carla Chavez

Carla Chavez

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

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Chloe
Resler

Teacher

Chloe Resler

Chloe Resler

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Christian
Risquez

Community Schools Manager

Christian Risquez

Christian Risquez

Community Schools Manager

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Christie
Romero

Teacher

Christie Romero

Christie Romero

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Christopher
Simpson

Teacher

Christopher Simpson

Christopher Simpson

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Colleen
Trejo

Assistant Principal

Colleen Trejo

Colleen Trejo

Assistant Principal

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Curtis
Nash

Dean of Student & Family Services

Curtis Nash

Curtis Nash

Dean of Student & Family Services

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Cynthia
Astorga

Counselor

Cynthia Astorga

Cynthia Astorga

Counselor

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Danny
Oliver

Dean of Operations

Danny Oliver

Danny Oliver

Dean of Operations

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Darryl
Garris

Principal, Stella High Charter Academy

Darryl Garris

Darryl Garris

Principal, Stella High Charter Academy

Darryl Garris is the principal for Stella High Charter Academy, and he leads the school to ensure all Eagles achieve academic excellence and grow their unique talents so they find joy and fulfillment in higher education, career, and life.

Previously, Darryl served Bright Star Schools as principal of Stella Middle Charter Academy (Grades 5-6) and as assistant principal of Stella Middle Charter Academy. Darryl also taught pre-algebra, algebra readiness, and Algebra 1 at Stella Middle Charter Academy and Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy.

Prior to joining Bright Star Schools, Darryl was a teacher at Dorsey High School as a Teach For America corps member.

Darryl holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics from UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources. He also holds a master’s degree in urban education, a master’s degree in school administration, and a certificate in charter school leadership from Loyola Marymount University's School of Education.

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David
Liebhauser

Teacher

David Liebhauser

David Liebhauser

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David
Salinas

Instructional Assistant

David Salinas

David Salinas

Instructional Assistant

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Elizabeth
Rojas

Coordinator, Alumni Support and College Success

Elizabeth Rojas

Elizabeth Rojas

Coordinator, Alumni Support and College Success

Originally born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Elizabeth, a first-generation college graduate, went to Gertz-Ressler High School near the Pico-Union area of the city. At 18, she took the biggest leap of faith that would change her life and moved to the midwest to attend the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

St. Joseph became her new home for the next 4 years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies and Communications, and also studied abroad in Guatemala where she was able to connect to her roots through food and poetry.

After graduating from college, Elizabeth served in College Possible AmeriCorps as a college coach, where she mentored and coached numerous first-generation and low-income college students. She then became a high school college counselor for the next 4 years at a private Jesuit high school in Twin Cities, Minnesota. She fulfilled a goal of 100% college acceptance rate for all students and collaborated with Georgetown University to create a retention and persistence program.

After living in Minnesota for 10 years, she returned to replant her California roots. She is thankful and grateful for the countless mentors she had along her journey. She looks to pay it forward to under-resourced and historically excluded communities to ensure they have access to information, resources, and higher education.

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Emily
Robles

Paraprofessional

Emily Robles

Emily Robles

Paraprofessional

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Frank
Amezcua

Teacher

Frank Amezcua

Frank Amezcua

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Genesis
Peinder

Teacher

Genesis Peinder

Genesis Peinder

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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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Georgina
Perez

Campus Aide

Georgina Perez

Georgina Perez

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Gustavo
Herrera

Teacher

Gustavo Herrera

Gustavo Herrera

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Gustavo
Padilla

Teacher

Gustavo Padilla

Gustavo Padilla

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Heidi
Bretado

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Heidi Bretado

Heidi Bretado

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

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Idalia
Farias Izaguirre

Campus Aide

Idalia Farias Izaguirre

Idalia Farias Izaguirre

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Jarol
Dubon Argueta

Campus Aide

Jarol Dubon Argueta

Jarol Dubon Argueta

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Javier
Caldera

Teacher

Javier Caldera

Javier Caldera

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Jennifer
Shetland

Teacher

Jennifer Shetland

Jennifer Shetland

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Jessica
Fernandez

Teacher

Jessica Fernandez

Jessica Fernandez

Teacher

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Jessica
Romero

Instructional Assistant

Jessica Romero

Jessica Romero

Instructional Assistant

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Jesus
Ramirez

Assistant Principal

Jesus Ramirez

Jesus Ramirez

Assistant Principal

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Johanna
Lopez

Office Manager

Johanna Lopez

Johanna Lopez

Office Manager

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Johanna
Madrid-Gastelum

Dean of Culture and Restorative Practices

Johanna Madrid-Gastelum

Johanna Madrid-Gastelum

Dean of Culture and Restorative Practices

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Jonathan
Meneses

Instructional Assistant

Jonathan Meneses

Jonathan Meneses

Instructional Assistant

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Jose
Cabrera

Instructional Assistant

Jose Cabrera

Jose Cabrera

Instructional Assistant

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Juana
Garcia

Maintenance

Juana Garcia

Juana Garcia

Maintenance

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Julia
Davis

Teacher

Julia Davis

Julia Davis

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Kestler
Mencos Alonzo

Campus Aide

Kestler Mencos Alonzo

Kestler Mencos Alonzo

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Kimberly
Sanders

Culture and Restorative Practices Specialist

Kimberly Sanders

Kimberly Sanders

Culture and Restorative Practices Specialist

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Liliana
Lopez

Teacher

Liliana Lopez

Liliana Lopez

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Luis
Garcia

Maintenance

Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia

Maintenance

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Maigon
Buckner

Assistant Principal of Culture

Maigon Buckner

Maigon Buckner

Assistant Principal of Culture

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Marcus
Turner

Teacher

Marcus Turner

Marcus Turner

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Marvin
Casasola

Campus Aide

Marvin Casasola

Marvin Casasola

Campus Aide

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Mayra
Moreno de Valle

Meal Server

Mayra Moreno de Valle

Mayra Moreno de Valle

Meal Server

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Miguel
Fuentes

Instructional Assistant

Miguel Fuentes

Miguel Fuentes

Instructional Assistant

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Miriam
Hernandez

Paraprofessional

Miriam Hernandez

Miriam Hernandez

Paraprofessional

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Monica
Gonzalez

Dean of Student & Family Services

Monica Gonzalez

Monica Gonzalez

Dean of Student & Family Services

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Morganne
Gigray

Teacher

Morganne Gigray

Morganne Gigray

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Oscar
Moreno

Teacher

Oscar Moreno

Oscar Moreno

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Preeyam
Roy

Teacher

Preeyam Roy

Preeyam Roy

Teacher

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Ranica
Hortelano

Campus Aide

Ranica Hortelano

Ranica Hortelano

Campus Aide

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Ricardo
Galvan

Teacher

Ricardo Galvan

Ricardo Galvan

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Ricardo
Gomez

Instructional Assistant

Ricardo Gomez

Ricardo Gomez

Instructional Assistant

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Rigo
Torres

Lead Campus Aide

Rigo Torres

Rigo Torres

Lead Campus Aide

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Said
Cambray

Teacher

Said Cambray

Said Cambray

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Samuel
Perez

Attendance Coordinator

Samuel Perez

Samuel Perez

Attendance Coordinator

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Sandra
Nevarez

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Sandra Nevarez

Sandra Nevarez

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

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Shelby
Goodrich Jr

Teacher

Shelby Goodrich Jr

Shelby Goodrich Jr

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Stephanie
Martinez

Instructional Assistant

Stephanie Martinez

Stephanie Martinez

Instructional Assistant

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Wendy
Pineda

Counselor

Wendy Pineda

Wendy Pineda

Counselor

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Zayra
De Leon

Instructional Assistant

Zayra De Leon

Zayra De Leon

Instructional Assistant

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