School Leadership


 
 
Alicia Garcia
Associate Director
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CAMPUS
 
Alicia Garcia has been in the early childhood education field for nearly two decades. She earned her associate degree in Early Childhood Education and her B.A. in Child Development from Mount St. Mary's College. Ms. Garcia started her profession as a student teacher at the University of Southern California Early Childhood Education Center (USC SECE). She taught as a permanent preschool teacher there for five years and worked as an administrator for three more years.
 
In 2005, Ms. Garcia went back to teaching and opened up a preschool classroom at the former Camino Nuevo Harvard site, where she taught for one and a half years. Ms. Garcia then moved to the new Camino Nuevo Early Childhood Education Center where she continued to teach for another year and a half before becoming the center's supervisor and now its director. Under her management, the center has successfully maintained its 5-star quality classrooms rating and won the National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation. Ms. Garcia continues to work hard to ensure that every child at the center receives high quality preschool services in inviting, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environments.
 
 
 
Charles Miller
Principal 
 
BURLINGTON CAMPUS
 
For the past ten years, Charles Miller’s professional life has focused on educating students, including as a director of afterschool programs for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, as a founding middle school teacher at Voices College-Bound Language Academy, as principal of Voices College-Bound Language Academy, and now as principal of Camino Nuevo Burlington Campus.
 
As a founding teacher, Mr. Miller created the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math and science curriculum and served as the school liaison in forming the Voices parent leadership group (Voices Parent Advisory Committee). His 7th and 8th grade math classes earned recognition as one of the highest performing classes for low-income Latino students in California. Since the first moment he stepped on to the Burlington campus, Mr. Miller has been inspired by the rigorous culture of activism and social justice among teachers, parents, and students.
 
Mr. Miller studied history and Spanish at Boston College and enjoys running, hiking, dancing salsa, and spending time with his wife and daughter, Jeimee and Maia.
 
 
James Lee
Principal
 
JOSE A. CASTELLANOS CAMPUS

James Makoto Lee comes to Camino Nuevo with over 10 years of experience in educational leadership. Most recently, he worked as a specialist in both literacy and school leadership for Generation Ready, an international educational consulting firm. He also served for nine years as an elementary school principal for the New York City Department of Education.
 
Other professional experiences include teaching and coaching in San Francisco and Lima, Peru as well as non-profit leadership for the National Audubon Society. His instructional specializations include bilingual education, special education, literacy, and science.
 
Mr. Lee attended Baruch College’s New York City Leadership Academy, San Francisco State University, and UC Berkeley. He speaks French and Spanish, cares deeply about health and wellness, and nurtures a strong obsession with tennis. 
 
Jeremy Rike
Principal
JANE B. EISNER CAMPUS
 
Jeremy Rike comes from Ohio where he attended the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music in piano performance and musical theater. He came to education through Teach For America after spending several years as a musical director and pianist in New York City.
 
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Mr. Rike served at the Foshay Learning Center as a sixth grade English language arts and humanities teacher, School Site Council president, and instructional leadership team member. He joined Camino Nuevo Charter Academy as the Special Education Specialist for the organization, and later, as an assistant principal for the Castellanos Campus.
 
Mr. Rike earned a master's in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University, and is finishing a second master's in Educational Leadership and Policy from the California State University at Northridge.
 
 Nicole Brown
Principal
KAYNE SIART CAMPUS 
 
Nicole Brown is the principal at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy’s Kayne Siart campus, a K-8 public charter school in central Los Angeles that prepares and empowers students for success in college and in life.
 
As principal, Ms. Brown is responsible for ensuring all students receive a quality education. She collaborates with students, teachers, and leaders on a daily basis to support all K-8 instructional programs. Ms. Brown started her work at Camino Nuevo teaching third grade and served as assistant principal prior to assuming her current role.
 
Before joining Camino Nuevo, Ms. Brown worked at John Valenzuela Youth Center in Tucson, Arizona overseeing the after-school and evening programs for K-12 students. She completed her bachelor's degree in education at the University of Arizona and a master's degree in the same field with a focus on curriculum development at Loyola Marymount University.
Melissa Mendoza
Principal
SANDRA CISNEROS CAMPUS
 
Melissa Mendoza is the Principal at the Sandra Cisneros Campus, a K-8 schools in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. 
 
Prior to joining Camino Nuevo, Ms. Mendoza taught bilingual kindergarten and first grade and served as a bilingual coordinator and intervention teacher at a Los Angeles district school in MacArthur Park. She joined Camino Nuevo as a founding teacher at the Sandra Cisneros Campus and later served as the assistant principal for three years before becoming principal.
 
Ms. Mendoza graduated from UC Santa Barbara with bachelor degrees in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She received her teaching credential and master's degree from UCLA. She completed her Tier I and II administrative credentials at Cal State University Dominguez Hills. When she's not at school, she loves traveling and spending time with her family. 
 
Lawrence Boone
Principal
DALZELL LANCE HIGH SCHOOL
 
Larry Boone has over 20 years of experience as an educator. He has held teaching and administrative positions in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. In 2018, he was named principal of Dalzell Lance High School.
 
Previously, Mr. Boone oversaw the restructuring and revitalization of a high school in San Diego that struggled with declining enrollment and low student achievement. Mr. Boone, who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, is a firm believer that every neighborhood should have great schools. When he was a teen, his mother insisted that he and his sister ride the bus for more than an hour-and-a-half every day to attend safe, high-quality schools in the San Fernando Valley.
 
Mr. Boone completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and became a teacher. He taught middle and high school English, humanities, health, and physical education. He also coached football, track, and cross-country. Mr. Boone has masters’ degrees from Pepperdine University and the Principal Leadership Institute at UCLA.
Marisol Pineda-Conde
Principal
MIRAMAR HIGH SCHOOL
 

Marisol Pineda-Conde's work as principal of Miramar High School has been recognized by Teach For America. Before becoming a principal, she taught U.S. History and Advanced Placement Government at Dalzell Lance High School, her first teaching assignment as a TFA corps member. 

Ms. Pineda-Conde was born in Mexico and raised in Los Angeles. She earned a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and a M.A. in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University.

She received her M.A. in Charter School Administration from the California State University at Dominguez Hills, where she also completed the Charter & Autonomous School Leadership Academy program. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their two children.