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Abraham
Martinez

Teacher

Abraham Martinez

Contact

amartinez@brightstarschools.org

Abraham Martinez

Teacher

Contact

amartinez@brightstarschools.org

Adonahi
Ascencio

Family Engagement Coordinator

Adonahi Ascencio

Contact

aascencio@brightstarschools.org

Adonahi Ascencio

Family Engagement Coordinator

Contact

aascencio@brightstarschools.org

Adriana
De La Cruz

Instructional Assistant

Adriana De La Cruz

Contact

acruz@brightstarschools.org

Adriana De La Cruz

Instructional Assistant

Contact

acruz@brightstarschools.org

Adriana
Padilla Perez

Instructional Assistant

Adriana Padilla Perez

Contact

apadilla@brightstarschools.org

Adriana Padilla Perez

Instructional Assistant

Contact

apadilla@brightstarschools.org

Afreen
Ahmed

Staff

Afreen Ahmed

Contact

Afreen Ahmed

Staff

Contact

Ahjia
Moore

Restorative Practices Director

Ahjia Moore

Contact

admoore@brightstarschools.org

Ahjia Moore

Restorative Practices Director

Contact

admoore@brightstarschools.org

Ajay
Ghingoor

Teacher

Ajay Ghingoor

Contact

aghingoor@brightstarschools.org

Ajay Ghingoor

Teacher

Contact

aghingoor@brightstarschools.org

Albert
Beltran

Assistant Principal of Culture

Albert Beltran

Contact

abeltran@brightstarschools.org

Albert Beltran

Assistant Principal of Culture

Contact

abeltran@brightstarschools.org

Alberto
Vera

Teacher

Alberto Vera

Contact

avera@brightstarschools.org

Alberto Vera

Teacher

Contact

avera@brightstarschools.org

Aleida
Cajahuaringa

Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Aleida Cajahuaringa

Contact

acajahuaringa@brightstarschools.org

Aleida Cajahuaringa

Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Contact

acajahuaringa@brightstarschools.org

Alejandra
Cruz

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Alejandra Cruz

Contact

accruz@brightstarschools.org

Alejandra Cruz

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Contact

accruz@brightstarschools.org

Aleksandra
Vargas

Cluster Data Coordinator

Aleksandra Vargas

Contact

alvargas@brightstarschools.org

Aleksandra Vargas

Cluster Data Coordinator

Contact

alvargas@brightstarschools.org

Alexander
Huerta

Cloud Support Manager

Alexander Huerta

Contact

ahuerta@brightstarschools.org

Alexander Huerta

Cloud Support Manager

Contact

ahuerta@brightstarschools.org

Alexandra
Duggins

Mathematics Instructional Coach

Alexandra Duggins

Contact

aduggins@brightstarschools.org

Alexandra Duggins

Mathematics Instructional Coach

Contact

aduggins@brightstarschools.org

Alexandra
Hernandez

Teacher

Alexandra Hernandez

Contact

Alexandra Hernandez

Teacher

Contact

Alexandra
Lee

Vice President of Academic Initiatives

Alexandra Lee

Contact

alee@brightstarschools.org

Alexandra Lee

Vice President of Academic Initiatives

Contact

alee@brightstarschools.org

Alexandra
Martinez Ramirez

Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Alexandra Martinez Ramirez

Contact

amramirez@brightstarschools.org

Alexandra Martinez Ramirez

Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Contact

amramirez@brightstarschools.org

Alexis
Blanco

Instructional Assistant

Alexis Blanco

Contact

ablanco@brightstarschools.org

Alexis Blanco

Instructional Assistant

Contact

ablanco@brightstarschools.org

Alexis
Carrero

Teacher

Alexis Carrero

Contact

acastellanos@brightstarschools.org

Alexis Carrero

Teacher

Contact

acastellanos@brightstarschools.org

Alexis
Gonzalez

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Alexis Gonzalez

Contact

avgonzalez@brightstarschools.org

Alexis Gonzalez

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Contact

avgonzalez@brightstarschools.org

Alexis
Roldan

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Alexis Roldan

Contact

aroldan@brightstarschools.org

Alexis Roldan

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Contact

aroldan@brightstarschools.org

Alexis
Scott

Dean of Academic Support

Alexis Scott

Contact

ascott@brightstarschools.org

Alexis Scott

Dean of Academic Support

Contact

ascott@brightstarschools.org

Alexis
Thompson

Counselor

Alexis Thompson

Contact

athompson@brightstarschools.org

Alexis Thompson

Counselor

Contact

athompson@brightstarschools.org

Allegra
Ferme

Teacher

Allegra Ferme

Contact

aferme@brightstarschools.org

Allegra Ferme

Teacher

Contact

aferme@brightstarschools.org

Allen
Andrews

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Allen Andrews

Contact

aandrews@brightstarschools.org

Allen Andrews

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Contact

aandrews@brightstarschools.org

Allison
Gillett

Teacher

Allison Gillett

Contact

agillett@brightstarschools.org

Allison Gillett

Teacher

Contact

agillett@brightstarschools.org

Allison
Horn

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Allison Horn

Contact

ahorn@brightstarschools.org

Allison Horn

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Contact

ahorn@brightstarschools.org

Allison
Thielen

Teacher

Allison Thielen

Contact

athielen@brightstarschools.org

Allison Thielen

Teacher

Contact

athielen@brightstarschools.org

Ally
Nanji

School Psychologist

Ally Nanji

Contact

ananji@brightstarschools.org

Ally Nanji

School Psychologist

Contact

ananji@brightstarschools.org

Alondra
Medina

Instructional Assistant

Alondra Medina

Contact

amedina@brightstarschools.org

Alondra Medina

Instructional Assistant

Contact

amedina@brightstarschools.org

Amalia
Zayas

Counselor

Amalia Zayas

Contact

aszayas@brightstarschools.org

Amalia Zayas

Counselor

Contact

aszayas@brightstarschools.org

Amanda
Lopez

Campus Aide

Amanda Lopez

Contact

alopez@brightstarschools.org

Amanda Lopez

Campus Aide

Contact

alopez@brightstarschools.org

Amy
Weng

ELD Interventionist

Amy Weng

Contact

aweng@brightstarschools.org

Amy Weng

ELD Interventionist

Contact

aweng@brightstarschools.org

Ana
Magana

Maintenance

Ana Magana

Contact

Amagana@brightstarschools.org

Ana Magana

Maintenance

Contact

Amagana@brightstarschools.org

Ana
Vargas

Vice President of Human Resources

Ana Vargas

Contact

avargas@brightstarschools.org

Ana Vargas

Vice President of Human Resources

Contact

avargas@brightstarschools.org

Anahi
Perez

Teacher

Anahi Perez

Contact

aperez@brightstarschools.org

Anahi Perez

Teacher

Contact

aperez@brightstarschools.org

Andrea
Chicaiza

Teacher

Andrea Chicaiza

Contact

achicaiza@brightstarschools.org

Andrea Chicaiza

Teacher

Contact

achicaiza@brightstarschools.org

Andrea
Garcia Chavez

College & Career Counseling Assistant

Andrea Garcia Chavez

Contact

agchavez@brightstarschools.org

Andrea Garcia Chavez

College & Career Counseling Assistant

Contact

agchavez@brightstarschools.org

Andres
Paniagua

Dean of Student Culture

Andres Paniagua

Contact

apaniagua@brightstarschools.org

Andres Paniagua

Dean of Student Culture

Contact

apaniagua@brightstarschools.org

Andry
Alvarez Castillo

Campus Aide

Andry Alvarez Castillo

Contact

agalvarez@brightstarschools.org

Andry Alvarez Castillo

Campus Aide

Contact

agalvarez@brightstarschools.org

Angel
Cerritos

Transition Specialist

Angel Cerritos

Contact

acerritos@brightstarschools.org

Angel Cerritos

Transition Specialist

Contact

acerritos@brightstarschools.org

Angel
Cerritos

Transition Specialist

Angel Cerritos

Contact

acerritos@brightstarschools.org

Angel Cerritos

Transition Specialist

Contact

acerritos@brightstarschools.org

Angel
Hernandez-Romero

Teacher

Angel Hernandez-Romero

Contact

aromero@brightstarschools.org

Angel Hernandez-Romero

Teacher

Contact

aromero@brightstarschools.org

Angelica
Hernandez

Instructional Assistant

Angelica Hernandez

Contact

ahernandez@brightstarschools.org

Angelica Hernandez

Instructional Assistant

Contact

ahernandez@brightstarschools.org

Angelina
Calderon

Senior Director of Outreach and Engagement

Angelina Calderon

Contact

acalderon@brightstarschools.org

Angelina Calderon

Senior Director of Outreach and Engagement

Contact

acalderon@brightstarschools.org

Angelique
Lopez

Teacher

Angelique Lopez

Contact

amlopez@brightstarschools.org

Angelique Lopez

Teacher

Contact

amlopez@brightstarschools.org

Angie
Lee

Instructional Assistant

Angie Lee

Contact

ahlee@brightstarschools.org

Angie Lee

Instructional Assistant

Contact

ahlee@brightstarschools.org

Angie
Trae-Greenbarg

Assistant Principal

Angie Trae-Greenbarg

Contact

atrae@brightstarschools.org

Angie Trae-Greenbarg

Assistant Principal

Contact

atrae@brightstarschools.org

Anh
Pham

Teacher

Anh Pham

Contact

apham@brightstarschools.org

Anh Pham

Teacher

Contact

apham@brightstarschools.org

Anita
Pande

Teacher

Anita Pande

Contact

apande@brightstarschools.org

Anita Pande

Teacher

Contact

apande@brightstarschools.org

Anna
Hagen

Teacher

Anna Hagen

Contact

ahagen@brightstarschools.org

Anna Hagen

Teacher

Contact

ahagen@brightstarschools.org

Anne
Fleming

Teacher

Anne Fleming

Contact

afleming@brightstarschools.org

Anne Fleming

Teacher

Contact

afleming@brightstarschools.org

Antonio
Montiel

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Antonio Montiel

Contact

tmontiel@brightstarschools.org

Antonio Montiel

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Contact

tmontiel@brightstarschools.org

April Joy
De Vera

Teacher

April Joy De Vera

Contact

ajdevera@brightstarschools.org

April Joy De Vera

Teacher

Contact

ajdevera@brightstarschools.org

Araceli
Alvarado

Maintenance

Araceli Alvarado

Contact

aalvarado@brightstarschools.org

Araceli Alvarado

Maintenance

Contact

aalvarado@brightstarschools.org

Ari
Engelberg

Founding Board Chair and Executive Director Emeritus

Contact
Ari Engelberg

Contact

Ari Engelberg

Founding Board Chair and Executive Director Emeritus

Ari Engelberg was the founding Board President when Stella Middle Charter Academy first opened its doors in 2003. In 2007, not long after Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy was opened and the name of the organization was changed to Bright Star Schools, he made a transition into the Executive Director role. For over a decade Ari played an instrumental role in shaping Bright Star Schools into a vibrant, kid-focused organization that is helping to close the achievement gap in Los Angeles. Ari holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and psychology from UC Berkeley and a juris doctor and masters of business administration from UCLA. Ari has participated on a range of nonprofit boards and advisory committees, and continues to be involved in uplifting Los Angeles as a board member of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Girls Athletic Leadership School. 

Contact

Arlene
Rivera

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Arlene Rivera

Contact

arivera@brightstarschools.org

Arlene Rivera

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Contact

arivera@brightstarschools.org

Arpi
Tamzarian

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Arpi Tamzarian

Contact

atamzarian@brightstarschools.org

Arpi Tamzarian

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Contact

atamzarian@brightstarschools.org

Ashley
Chameides

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Ashley Chameides

Contact

achameides@brightstarschools.org

Ashley Chameides

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Contact

achameides@brightstarschools.org

Ashley
Colburn

Director of Teacher Induction and Development

Ashley Colburn

Contact

acolburn@brightstarschools.org

Ashley Colburn

Director of Teacher Induction and Development

Contact

acolburn@brightstarschools.org

Asma
Ali-Dodough

Assistant Principal

Asma Ali-Dodough

Contact

aali@brightstarschools.org

Asma Ali-Dodough

Assistant Principal

Contact

aali@brightstarschools.org

Aya
Cheung

Director of Accounting Services

Aya Cheung

Contact

acheung@brightstarschools.org

Aya Cheung

Director of Accounting Services

Contact

acheung@brightstarschools.org

Ayesha
Jannat

Instructional Assistant

Ayesha Jannat

Contact

ajannat@brightstarschools.org

Ayesha Jannat

Instructional Assistant

Contact

ajannat@brightstarschools.org

Benjamin
Katcher

Teacher

Benjamin Katcher

Contact

bkatcher@brightstarschools.org

Benjamin Katcher

Teacher

Contact

bkatcher@brightstarschools.org

Bernadette
McComish

Teacher

Bernadette McComish

Contact

bmccomish@brightstarschools.org

Bernadette McComish

Teacher

Contact

bmccomish@brightstarschools.org

Beth
Pollak

Instructional Coach

Beth Pollak

Contact

bpollak@brightstarschools.org

Beth Pollak

Instructional Coach

Contact

bpollak@brightstarschools.org

Betsy
Diaz

Assistant Principal

Betsy Diaz

Contact

bdiaz@brightstarschools.org

Betsy Diaz

Assistant Principal

Contact

bdiaz@brightstarschools.org

Bianca
Hernandez

Teacher

Bianca Hernandez

Contact

bhernandez@brightstarschools.org

Bianca Hernandez

Teacher

Contact

bhernandez@brightstarschools.org

Blake
Dicicco

Teacher

Blake Dicicco

Contact

bdicicco@brightstarschools.org

Blake Dicicco

Teacher

Contact

bdicicco@brightstarschools.org

Brady
Pak

Teacher

Brady Pak

Contact

bpak@brightstarschools.org

Brady Pak

Teacher

Contact

bpak@brightstarschools.org

Brandy
Noble

Teacher

Brandy Noble

Contact

bnoble@brightstarschools.org

Brandy Noble

Teacher

Contact

bnoble@brightstarschools.org

Brea
Taylor

Instructional Assistant

Brea Taylor

Contact

btaylor@brightstarschools.org

Brea Taylor

Instructional Assistant

Contact

btaylor@brightstarschools.org

Breana
Baskerville

Dean of Academic Support

Breana Baskerville

Contact

bbaskerville@brightstarschools.org

Breana Baskerville

Dean of Academic Support

Contact

bbaskerville@brightstarschools.org

Brian
Perry

Principal, Valor Academy Middle School

Contact
Brian Perry

Contact

bperry@brightstarschools.org

Brian Perry

Principal, Valor Academy Middle School

Brian Perry is the principal of Valor Academy Middle School, where he leads the school to create an environment where all students can see academic success, engage with their individual interests, and participate in experiences that will help them grow as people.

Previously, Brian served Valor Academy Middle School as the assistant principal of instruction and curriculum for five years, and helped bring new and exciting programs and initiatives to drive student learning. He joined Valor Academy Middle School as a fifth grade English language arts teacher in 2011.

Prior to joining Bright Star Schools, Brian taught in schools in Miami, FL; New Haven, CT; and Inglewood, CA. He began his career as a high school English teacher as a Teach For America corps member. As a third grader in St. Louis, MO, Brian made the commitment to become a teacher as impactful as the ones he had encountered in his early education.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. 

Contact

bperry@brightstarschools.org

Brianna
Alcocer

Teacher

Brianna Alcocer

Contact

blalcocer@brightstarschools.org

Brianna Alcocer

Teacher

Contact

blalcocer@brightstarschools.org

Briceida
Gallegos

Counselor

Briceida Gallegos

Contact

bgallegos@brightstarschools.org

Briceida Gallegos

Counselor

Contact

bgallegos@brightstarschools.org

Bridget
Johns

Teacher

Bridget Johns

Contact

bjohns@brightstarschools.org

Bridget Johns

Teacher

Contact

bjohns@brightstarschools.org

Bridget
Sibley

Speech & Language Pathologist

Bridget Sibley

Contact

bsibley@brightstarschools.org

Bridget Sibley

Speech & Language Pathologist

Contact

bsibley@brightstarschools.org

Bryan
Aguillon

Campus Aide

Bryan Aguillon

Contact

baguillon@brightstarschools.org

Bryan Aguillon

Campus Aide

Contact

baguillon@brightstarschools.org

Bryan
Alfaro

School Data Specialist

Bryan Alfaro

Contact

balfaro@brightstarschools.org

Bryan Alfaro

School Data Specialist

Contact

balfaro@brightstarschools.org

Bryan
Sandoval

IT Analyst

Bryan Sandoval

Contact

bsandoval@brightstarschools.org

Bryan Sandoval

IT Analyst

Contact

bsandoval@brightstarschools.org

Caitlin
Anzoleaga

Teacher

Caitlin Anzoleaga

Contact

canzoleaga@brightstarschools.org

Caitlin Anzoleaga

Teacher

Contact

canzoleaga@brightstarschools.org

Caley
Lawrence

Teacher

Caley Lawrence

Contact

clawrence@brightstarschools.org

Caley Lawrence

Teacher

Contact

clawrence@brightstarschools.org

Camryn
Ching

Teacher

Camryn Ching

Contact

cching@brightstarschools.org

Camryn Ching

Teacher

Contact

cching@brightstarschools.org

Candice
Nigra

Teacher

Candice Nigra

Contact

cnigra@brightstarschools.org

Candice Nigra

Teacher

Contact

cnigra@brightstarschools.org

Carissa
Gonzalez

Teacher

Carissa Gonzalez

Contact

clgonzalez@brightstarschools.org

Carissa Gonzalez

Teacher

Contact

clgonzalez@brightstarschools.org

Carla
Aguirre

School Psychologist

Carla Aguirre

Contact

caguirre@brightstarschools.org

Carla Aguirre

School Psychologist

Contact

caguirre@brightstarschools.org

Carla
Chavez

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Carla Chavez

Contact

cchavez@brightstarschools.org

Carla Chavez

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Contact

cchavez@brightstarschools.org

Carla
Weber

Teacher

Carla Weber

Contact

cweber@brightstarschools.org

Carla Weber

Teacher

Contact

cweber@brightstarschools.org

Carlos
Contreras

Teacher

Carlos Contreras

Contact

ccontreras@brightstarschools.org

Carlos Contreras

Teacher

Contact

ccontreras@brightstarschools.org

Carlos
Cordova

Maintenance

Carlos Cordova

Contact

ccordova@brightstarschools.org

Carlos Cordova

Maintenance

Contact

ccordova@brightstarschools.org

Carlos
Guijarro

Teacher

Carlos Guijarro

Contact

cguijarro@brightstarschools.org

Carlos Guijarro

Teacher

Contact

cguijarro@brightstarschools.org

Carlos
Somoza

Gardening and Cooking Coordinator

Carlos Somoza

Contact

csomoza@brightstarschools.org

Carlos Somoza

Gardening and Cooking Coordinator

Contact

csomoza@brightstarschools.org

Carmen
Armenta

Paraprofessional

Carmen Armenta

Contact

carmenta@brightstarschools.org

Carmen Armenta

Paraprofessional

Contact

carmenta@brightstarschools.org

Carolina
Mora

Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Carolina Mora

Contact

cmora@brightstarschools.org

Carolina Mora

Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Contact

cmora@brightstarschools.org

Catlyn
Preffer

Teacher

Catlyn Preffer

Contact

cpreffer@brightstarschools.org

Catlyn Preffer

Teacher

Contact

cpreffer@brightstarschools.org

Cecilia
Cueva

Teacher

Cecilia Cueva

Contact

ccueva@brightstarschools.org

Cecilia Cueva

Teacher

Contact

ccueva@brightstarschools.org

Cesar
Gabriel-Vazquez

Cluster Data Coordinator

Cesar Gabriel-Vazquez

Contact

cvazquez@brightstarschools.org

Cesar Gabriel-Vazquez

Cluster Data Coordinator

Contact

cvazquez@brightstarschools.org

Chanel
Williams Hungerford

Teacher

Chanel Williams Hungerford

Contact

cewilliams@brightstarschools.org

Chanel Williams Hungerford

Teacher

Contact

cewilliams@brightstarschools.org

Charne
Tunson

Teacher

Charne Tunson

Contact

ctunson@brightstarschools.org

Charne Tunson

Teacher

Contact

ctunson@brightstarschools.org

Chelsea
Dunn

Teacher

Chelsea Dunn

Contact

cdunn@brightstarschools.org

Chelsea Dunn

Teacher

Contact

cdunn@brightstarschools.org

Chia-Hsuan
Weng

ELD Interventionist

Chia-Hsuan Weng

Contact

aweng@brightstarschools.org

Chia-Hsuan Weng

ELD Interventionist

Contact

aweng@brightstarschools.org

Chidera
Bosah

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Chidera Bosah

Contact

vbosah@brightstarschools.org

Chidera Bosah

Behavior Implementation Interventionist

Contact

vbosah@brightstarschools.org

China
Habte

Controller

China Habte

Contact

chabte@brightstarschools.org

China Habte

Controller

Contact

chabte@brightstarschools.org

Christian
Sandoval

Teacher

Christian Sandoval

Contact

cmsandoval@brightstarschools.org

Christian Sandoval

Teacher

Contact

cmsandoval@brightstarschools.org

Christie
Romero

Teacher

Christie Romero

Contact

cromero@brightstarschools.org

Christie Romero

Teacher

Contact

cromero@brightstarschools.org

Christopher
Flaherty

Teacher

Christopher Flaherty

Contact

cflaherty@brightstarschools.org

Christopher Flaherty

Teacher

Contact

cflaherty@brightstarschools.org

Christopher
Simpson

Teacher

Christopher Simpson

Contact

csimpson@brightstarschools.org

Christopher Simpson

Teacher

Contact

csimpson@brightstarschools.org

Christopher
Soell

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Christopher Soell

Contact

csoell@brightstarschools.org

Christopher Soell

Inclusion Specialist Teacher

Contact

csoell@brightstarschools.org

Christopher
Wellbrook

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Christopher Wellbrook

Contact

cwellbrook@brightstarschools.org

Christopher Wellbrook

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Contact

cwellbrook@brightstarschools.org

Ciro
Zavala

Maintenance

Ciro Zavala

Contact

czavala@brightstarschools.org

Ciro Zavala

Maintenance

Contact

czavala@brightstarschools.org

Claire
Kwon

Substitute Teacher

Claire Kwon

Contact

ckwon@brightstarschools.org

Claire Kwon

Substitute Teacher

Contact

ckwon@brightstarschools.org

Clara
Garay

Lead Instructional Mentor

Clara Garay

Contact

cgaray@brightstarschools.org

Clara Garay

Lead Instructional Mentor

Contact

cgaray@brightstarschools.org

Claudia
Coronel Lopez

Office Manager

Claudia Coronel Lopez

Contact

cgardner@brightstarschools.org

Claudia Coronel Lopez

Office Manager

Contact

cgardner@brightstarschools.org

Claudia
Cortez

Instructional Assistant

Claudia Cortez

Contact

cacortez@brightstarschools.org

Claudia Cortez

Instructional Assistant

Contact

cacortez@brightstarschools.org

Claudia
Gardner

Office Manager

Claudia Gardner

Contact

cgardner@brightstarschools.org

Claudia Gardner

Office Manager

Contact

cgardner@brightstarschools.org

Claudia
Jerez Sneed

Senior Staff Accountant

Claudia Jerez Sneed

Contact

cjerezsneed@brightstarschools.org

Claudia Jerez Sneed

Senior Staff Accountant

Contact

cjerezsneed@brightstarschools.org

Colin
Yamashita

Teacher

Colin Yamashita

Contact

cyamashita@brightstarschools.org

Colin Yamashita

Teacher

Contact

cyamashita@brightstarschools.org

Colleen
Trejo

Assistant Principal

Colleen Trejo

Contact

ctrejo@brightstarschools.org

Colleen Trejo

Assistant Principal

Contact

ctrejo@brightstarschools.org

Cristian
Martinez

Teacher

Cristian Martinez

Contact

cmartinez@brightstarschools.org

Cristian Martinez

Teacher

Contact

cmartinez@brightstarschools.org

Cristina
Valencia

Lead Instructional Assistant

Cristina Valencia

Contact

cvalencia@brightstarschools.org

Cristina Valencia

Lead Instructional Assistant

Contact

cvalencia@brightstarschools.org

Curtis
Spiller

Teacher

Curtis Spiller

Contact

CSPILLER@BRIGHTSTARSCHOOLS.ORG

Curtis Spiller

Teacher

Contact

CSPILLER@BRIGHTSTARSCHOOLS.ORG

Cynthia
Ambrosio

Office Assistant

Cynthia Ambrosio

Contact

cambrosio@brightstarschools.org

Cynthia Ambrosio

Office Assistant

Contact

cambrosio@brightstarschools.org

Cynthia
Astorga

Counselor

Cynthia Astorga

Contact

castorga@brightstarschools.org

Cynthia Astorga

Counselor

Contact

castorga@brightstarschools.org

Cynthia
Trigueros

Principal, Rise Kohyang High School

Contact
Cynthia Trigueros

Contact

ctrigueros@brightstarschools.org

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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ctrigueros@brightstarschools.org

Dalton
Arnhart

Teacher

Dalton Arnhart

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darnhart@brightstarschools.org

Dalton Arnhart

Teacher

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darnhart@brightstarschools.org

Damarrius
Thompson

Teacher

Damarrius Thompson

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dthompson@brightstarschools.org

Damarrius Thompson

Teacher

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dthompson@brightstarschools.org

Dana
Daniels

Teacher

Dana Daniels

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ddaniels@brightstarschools.org

Dana Daniels

Teacher

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ddaniels@brightstarschools.org

Daniel
Garcia

Cluster Data Lead

Daniel Garcia

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dmgarcia@brightstarschools.org

Daniel Garcia

Cluster Data Lead

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dmgarcia@brightstarschools.org

Daniel
Lee

Receptionist

Daniel Lee

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dlee@brightstarschools.org

Daniel Lee

Receptionist

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dlee@brightstarschools.org

Daniel
Pryor

Dean of Academic Supports

Daniel Pryor

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dpryor@brightstarschools.org

Daniel Pryor

Dean of Academic Supports

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dpryor@brightstarschools.org

Daniella
Torrecilla

Counselor

Daniella Torrecilla

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dtorrecilla@brightstarschools.org

Daniella Torrecilla

Counselor

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dtorrecilla@brightstarschools.org

Danielle
Starr

Teacher

Danielle Starr

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dstarr@brightstarschools.org

Danielle Starr

Teacher

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dstarr@brightstarschools.org

Darryl
Garris

Principal, Stella High Charter Academy

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Darryl Garris

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dgarris@brightstarschools.org

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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dgarris@brightstarschools.org

David
Alamo

Director of Data Management

David Alamo

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dalamo@brightstarschools.org

David Alamo

Director of Data Management

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dalamo@brightstarschools.org

David
Correa

Teacher

David Correa

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dcorrea@brightstarschools.org

David Correa

Teacher

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dcorrea@brightstarschools.org

David
Liebhauser

Teacher

David Liebhauser

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dliebhauser@brightstarschools.org

David Liebhauser

Teacher

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dliebhauser@brightstarschools.org

David
Salinas

Instructional Assistant

David Salinas

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dsalinas@brightstarschools.org

David Salinas

Instructional Assistant

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dsalinas@brightstarschools.org

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

Dawn
North

Wellness Coordinator

Dawn North

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dnorth@brightstarschools.org

Dawn North

Wellness Coordinator

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dnorth@brightstarschools.org

Dayna
Rosso

Teacher

Dayna Rosso

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drosso@brightstarschools.org

Dayna Rosso

Teacher

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drosso@brightstarschools.org

Deana
Estrada Wu

Dean of Instruction

Deana Estrada Wu

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destradawu@brightstarschools.org

Deana Estrada Wu

Dean of Instruction

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destradawu@brightstarschools.org

Delma
Rosales

Dean of Operations

Delma Rosales

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drosales@brightstarschools.org

Delma Rosales

Dean of Operations

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drosales@brightstarschools.org

Desirae
Dickinson

Teacher

Desirae Dickinson

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ddickinson@brightstarschools.org

Desirae Dickinson

Teacher

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ddickinson@brightstarschools.org

Desiree
Escobar

Teacher

Desiree Escobar

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descobar@brightstarschools.org

Desiree Escobar

Teacher

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descobar@brightstarschools.org

Devin
Diaz

Teacher

Devin Diaz

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ddiaz@brightstarschools.org

Devin Diaz

Teacher

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ddiaz@brightstarschools.org

Deysi
Menjivar

Instructional Assistant

Deysi Menjivar

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dmenjivar@brightstarschools.org

Deysi Menjivar

Instructional Assistant

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dmenjivar@brightstarschools.org

Diane
Pyo

Teacher

Diane Pyo

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dpyo@brightstarschools.org

Diane Pyo

Teacher

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dpyo@brightstarschools.org

Dominic
Redix

Teacher

Dominic Redix

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dredix@brightstarschools.org

Dominic Redix

Teacher

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dredix@brightstarschools.org

Dr. Eliza
Kimly

Head of Schools, Bright Star Schools

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Dr. Eliza Kimly

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ekim@brightstarschools.org

Dr. Eliza Kimly

Head of Schools, Bright Star Schools

Dr. Eliza KimLy is the co-Head of Schools for Bright Star Schools, and the former founding principal of Rise Kohyang Middle School. As co-Head of Schools, she leads the development and execution of a rigorous instructional program that serves all students and supports principals to achieve their schools’ goals.

Dr. KimLy joined Bright Star Schools as a science teacher in 2004. After teaching both science and English Language Arts for three years, she served Bright Star Schools as assistant principal, principal, and director of instruction.


A Los Angeles-born native who grew up in Koreatown, Dr. KimLy wanted to give back to her “kohyang” (“hometown”). She founded Rise Kohyang Middle School in 2012 to serve the educational needs of families who live in Koreatown.

Prior to joining Bright Star Schools, Dr. KimLy served as a teacher, substitute teacher, student teacher, and teacher’s assistant for the Los Angeles, Culver City, and Beverly Hills Unified Scho