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Stella Middle Charter Academy

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Abraham
Martinez

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Abraham Martinez

Abraham Martinez

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For Fatima Montiel, an inclusion specialist (special education) teacher at Bright Star Schools, ensuring every student has the education they deserve is personal. We talked with Ms. Montiel about the transformative power of hope, what it’s like to see a student realize their potential, and why every challenge is an opportunity for growth and transformation.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

As a parent of a child with diverse learning needs, I embarked on a journey filled with challenges and triumphs. Navigating the intricacies of supporting my child sparked within me a profound understanding of the unique strengths required to provide adequate support.

This journey demanded a delicate dance of acknowledging the challenges while instilling confidence and hope. Witnessing firsthand the transformative power of creative approaches to learning, I was inspired to dedicate myself to ensuring every student has access to the education they deserve. 

My passion for thinking outside the box and advocating for students' rights fuels my commitment to excellence in teaching.

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What do you love most about being a teacher?

What I love most about being a teacher is witnessing the transformative power of hope in my students' lives. Hope, to me, means manifesting what you want out of life and believing in the possibility of a better tomorrow.  

It's incredibly rewarding to see my students embrace hope, take deliberate steps towards their goals, and overcome obstacles with courage and determination. 

Working closely with small groups allows me to witness firsthand the moment when a student realizes their true potential. I guide them to understand that progress may be incremental, but every small achievement is a step forward. 

Despite the discomfort, hope is a reminder that every challenge is an opportunity for growth and transformation. Guiding them to recognize their strengths and using those strengths as springboards to conquer challenges fills me with immense joy and fulfillment.

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Are there any special projects or initiatives you've implemented in your classroom?

Yes! One of the initiatives I'm particularly proud of is our “Flex Spotlight." In this project, students identify and celebrate their unique strengths, fostering a positive classroom culture that embraces diversity and individuality.

Additionally, I integrate technology to personalize learning experiences, ensuring every student's needs are met.

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What advice would you give to aspiring educators?

To aspiring educators, I would say: Embrace the journey wholeheartedly. Find out what works for you, and then be open to changing it.

Each day brings new challenges and opportunities for growth. Stay committed to understanding the unique needs of every student, and never underestimate the power of empathy and creativity in the classroom.

Your dedication has the potential to shape the future generation in profound ways. 

 Teach with incredible educators like Fatima! See our open roles here. 

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Alexis
Blanco

Instructional Assistant

Alexis Blanco

Alexis Blanco

Instructional Assistant

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Alexis
Gonzalez

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Alexis Gonzalez

Alexis Gonzalez

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

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Ana
Magana

Maintenance

Ana Magana

Ana Magana

Maintenance

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Ana Maria
Martinez

Meal Server

Ana Maria Martinez

Ana Maria Martinez

Meal Server

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Andres
Paniagua

Dean of Student Culture

Andres Paniagua

Andres Paniagua

Dean of Student Culture

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Antonio
Montiel

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Antonio Montiel

Antonio Montiel

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

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Ashley
Chameides

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Ashley Chameides

Ashley Chameides

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

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Blake
Dicicco

Teacher

Blake Dicicco

Blake Dicicco

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Briannah
Walters

Teacher

Briannah Walters

Briannah Walters

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Briceida
Gallegos

Counselor

Briceida Gallegos

Briceida Gallegos

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Caitlin
Anzoleaga

Teacher

Caitlin Anzoleaga

Caitlin Anzoleaga

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Carlos
Contreras

Teacher

Carlos Contreras

Carlos Contreras

Teacher

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Charlotte
Seymore

Dean of Restorative Practices

Charlotte Seymore

Charlotte Seymore

Dean of Restorative Practices

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Cristina
Valencia

Lead Instructional Assistant

Cristina Valencia

Cristina Valencia

Lead Instructional Assistant

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Daniel
Pryor

Dean of Academic Supports

Daniel Pryor

Daniel Pryor

Dean of Academic Supports

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Elizel
Palma

Teacher

Elizel Palma

Elizel Palma

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Elsa
Flores

Teacher

Elsa Flores

Elsa Flores

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Emory
Kim

Teacher

Emory Kim

Emory Kim

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Fatima
Montiel

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Fatima Montiel

Fatima Montiel

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

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Frank
Pineda

Teacher

Frank Pineda

Frank Pineda

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Freddy
Zuniga

Instructional Assistant

Freddy Zuniga

Freddy Zuniga

Instructional Assistant

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Gaspar
Gudino

Campus Aide

Gaspar Gudino

Gaspar Gudino

Campus Aide

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Ginnia
Hargins

Principal, Stella Middle Charter Academy

Ginnia Hargins

Ginnia Hargins

Principal, Stella Middle Charter Academy

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Ihab
Gabra

Teacher

Ihab Gabra

Ihab Gabra

Teacher

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Iliana
Ortiz

Instructional Assistant/After School Program Supervisor

Iliana Ortiz

Iliana Ortiz

Instructional Assistant/After School Program Supervisor

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Jacklyn
Noriega

Teacher

Jacklyn Noriega

Jacklyn Noriega

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Jacqueline
Martinez

Instructional Assistant

Jacqueline Martinez

Jacqueline Martinez

Instructional Assistant

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Jacqueline
Orellana

Office Manager

Jacqueline Orellana

Jacqueline Orellana

Office Manager

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Jane
Han

Former Principal

Jane Han

Jane Han

Former Principal

Jane Han is the principal for Stella Middle Charter Academy, and she leads the school to ensure all Gryffons achieve academic excellence and grow their unique talents so that they find joy and fulfillment in higher education, career, and life.

Previously, Jane served Bright Star Schools as Stella Middle Charter Academy’s assistant principal of instruction, and as a math teacher, department leader, and mentor teacher where she coached teachers to elevate student achievement. As a math teacher, Jane taught courses ranging from pre-algebra through AP Calculus, in charter public schools in Los Angeles.

Jane holds a bachelor’s degree in history and sociology with a minor in mathematics from Columbia University and a master’s degree in teaching of mathematics from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

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Jessica
Sutherland

Attendance Clerk/Office Assistant

Jessica Sutherland

Jessica Sutherland

Attendance Clerk/Office Assistant

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Jocelyn
Angarita

Teacher

Jocelyn Angarita

Jocelyn Angarita

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Johanna
Montiel

Office Assistant

Johanna Montiel

Johanna Montiel

Office Assistant

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Johanna
Morales

Office Assistant

Johanna Morales

Johanna Morales

Office Assistant

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Joseph
Gonzalez

Counselor

Joseph Gonzalez

Joseph Gonzalez

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Joseph
Sloane

Counselor

Joseph Sloane

Joseph Sloane

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Karissa
Shanley

Teacher

Karissa Shanley

Karissa Shanley

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Kathryne
Edwards

Teacher

Kathryne Edwards

Kathryne Edwards

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Kevin
Huertos

Campus Aide

Kevin Huertos

Kevin Huertos

Campus Aide

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Keyri
Arucha

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Keyri Arucha

Keyri Arucha

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

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Kimberly
Aguilar

Instructional Assistant

Kimberly Aguilar

Kimberly Aguilar

Instructional Assistant

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Kimberly
Martinez

Campus Aide

Kimberly Martinez

Kimberly Martinez

Campus Aide

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Kyung
Lee

Teacher

Kyung Lee

Kyung Lee

Teacher

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Leah
De Veyra

Teacher

Leah De Veyra

Leah De Veyra

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Luis
Estrada

Dean of Operations

Luis Estrada

Luis Estrada

Dean of Operations

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Maria
Barriga

Teacher

Maria Barriga

Maria Barriga

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Maria
Villalobos

Teacher

Maria Villalobos

Maria Villalobos

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Marina
Sandoval

Community School Manager, Stella Middle Charter Academy

Marina Sandoval

Marina Sandoval

Community School Manager, Stella Middle Charter Academy

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Merissa
Diaz

Paraprofessional/Instructional Assistant

Merissa Diaz

Merissa Diaz

Paraprofessional/Instructional Assistant

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Michelle
Romero

Teacher

Michelle Romero

Michelle Romero

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Mychal
Creer

Instructional Assistant

Mychal Creer

Mychal Creer

Instructional Assistant

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Octavio
Vergara

Paraprofessional/Instructional Assistant

Octavio Vergara

Octavio Vergara

Paraprofessional/Instructional Assistant

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Ozro
Hepworth

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Ozro Hepworth

Ozro Hepworth

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

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Pablo
Aranda

Campus Aide

Pablo Aranda

Pablo Aranda

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Reyna
Kauil Cervantes

Teacher

Reyna Kauil Cervantes

Reyna Kauil Cervantes

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Robert
Brown

Teacher

Robert Brown

Robert Brown

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Roberto
Garcia

Maintenance

Roberto Garcia

Roberto Garcia

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Sienna
Ballou

Instructional Assistant

Sienna Ballou

Sienna Ballou

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Simone
Grant

Instructional Assistant

Simone Grant

Simone Grant

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Taylor
Phillips

Counselor

Taylor Phillips

Taylor Phillips

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Vanessa
Barriga Milian

Campus Aide

Vanessa Barriga Milian

Vanessa Barriga Milian

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