Welcome to the Kayne Siart Campus
Since opening in 2010, our school has won many awards for improving educational outcomes for children in Koreatown, MacArthur Park, and other surrounding neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The list of awards includes the Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (GOAL) Award, the California Association of Bilingual Education Seal of Excellence Award, and the Bright Spot Award from the White House. These honors reflect our commitment to educating a diverse population, particularly English language learners and students with special needs.
Our team is driven by these core values: inclusion, integrity, kindness, perseverance, responsibility and respect. Together, we strive to develop every child’s full potential so that they can succeed in a college-preparatory high school and feel empowered to create positive change in their communities.
We remain committed to raising student achievement and strengthening our community. Our goal is to work alongside families in cultivating a rigorous and joyful learning experience for all our students.
We look forward to partnering with you to have a positive impact on our community!
About Kayne Siart
The Kayne Siart Campus is part of the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy network, a community of high-performing charter public schools that prepares and empowers students for success in college and in life.
Our K-8 public charter school serves the children and families of the Koreatown area of Los Angeles. Our comprehensive approach integrates academic rigor, community, family, and wellness supports to empower students to thrive in a culturally connected and changing world. Learn more about our approach.
Our mission is to educate students in a college preparatory program to be literate, critical thinkers, and independent problem solvers who are agents of social justice with sensitivity toward the world around them.
Our school uses an education model that ensures teachers are meeting the educational needs of all children. Our inclusive practices ensure that students with disabilities receive the same quality instruction as their peers in general education classrooms, with additional supports.
Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles
Our students have access to music instruction during school and after school (up to 18 hours each week) through the YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) program. The program began as an adaptation of Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema music education program, but it is now an innovative model in its own right, guiding students and teachers from nearly 100 music programs around the country. Our school has the only in-school and after-school YOLA program in Los Angeles.
Wellness and Mental Health Services
Our wellness and mental health programs offers parent support groups, parenting workshops, student support groups, art classes, English classes, Spanish literacy classes, cooking classes, substance abuse prevention programs, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and teacher training.
After School Program
In partnership with Think Together, our school offers an after-school program with both academic assistance and enrichment activities such as computer training, homework assistance, athletics, and college-preparatory counseling. Tutoring and project-based activities are also offered every school day until 6 pm.
You can access our most current charter renewal petition and other documents by clicking here.
Kayne Siart in Action
Maria Duarte was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and emigrated to the United States at age five with her parents. She grew up attending public schools in Los Angeles and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA. In addition, Maria holds a master’s in special education from Loyola Marymount University. She first started her journey at the former Camino Nuevo Harvard site in 2012 as a special education teacher’s assistant. After earning her teaching credential she became a special education teacher leading the implementation of a successful co-teaching full inclusion program. Her extensive background in special education allows her to implement a vision of equity and inclusion at Kayne Siart. She believes in strengthening our community and fostering a joyful school environment.
As principal, Maria is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a high quality, comprehensive educational program. She strives to create a safe and welcoming environment, where all students are able to reach their highest potentials. Outside of work she loves spending time with her dog and visiting art galleries and museums.
Assistant Principal of
Nancy Duran started her teaching career at the former Camino Nuevo Harvard site in 2001 when the school first opened its doors. Over the years, she has held various roles, including 7th Grade Humanities Teacher, Student Services Coordinator, K-8 counselor, Dean of School Culture, Assistant Principal of Student Supports, Interim Principal, and now she is one of our Assistant Principals of instruction.
Ms. Duran was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her parents immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. She was the first in her family to graduate from high school and college.
She earned a bachelor's degree in Hispanic Studies and secondary teaching credential from Colorado College. She later earned a master's degree in School Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California, and a second master's degree and an administrative credential through the Charter and Autonomous School Leadership Academy program at California State University Dominguez Hills.
In this role, she will be working with our teaching staff primarily to coach, support and provide professional development in the area of English Language Arts and English Language Development. She is highly committed to ensuring that students receive a high-quality and rigorous educational experience in a welcoming, safe, and equitable environment.
Assistant Principal of Instruction
Jennifer was born and raised in Los Angeles to parents who left El Salvador in the early 80s looking for a better life. She grew up not too far from Kayne Siart in South LA and from an early age, her parents talked to her brother and her about the importance of education and going to college.
Jennifer graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish. Her goal was to become a teacher and soon after graduation, she looked for a teaching program in Los Angeles. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2016 with a Masters of Arts in Bilingual Elementary Education.
In college, Jennifer worked as a tutor in a middle school and at the Boys and Girls Club primarily with middle school English Learners. Once she moved back to Los Angeles, she served as a City Year Corps Member from 2012-2013 supporting 7th graders in Literacy and Math. From 2013-2016 she began working for Camino as a Special Education TA supporting 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th-grade students. In 2016 she was hired full-time as a teacher at Kayne Siart. She taught 2nd grade for 5 years and 3rd grade for 2 years before transitioning into Assistant Principal of Instruction.
In this role, Jennifer will be working directly with the Special Education Program at our school to ensure that students, teachers, and families feel supported. She will oversee and provide professional development for our Math curriculum and iReady program. She will also provide coaching for our teachers and staff to ensure professional growth.
Assistant Principal of Student Supports
Marina was born and raised in Los Angeles with roots in the Nahua people of what is today known as Guerrero, Mexico. She was raised by a single mom and a rough-around-the-edges, but loving, Abue (grandmother) and was taught early on that family and community are our most valuable investments. She was taught the power of story-telling and honoring those that came before us by honoring those that will come after us.
Marina graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors of Art’s in Women’s Studies and Public Health. While teaching wasn’t part of her plan, her commitment to youth was made concrete in her first three years of teaching in Miami Northwestern Senior High School. It was there that Marina’s trajectory towards ethnic studies and DEI work began. In an effort to be closer to home, she moved to Oakland, California where she taught 4th grade at Roses in Concrete Community School. Working alongside educators that were fiercely committed to justice and teaching the truth cementented her own commitment to radically supporting students through affinity spaces and identity work. This work brought her back to the highschool level with KIPP Northern California. There, she taught English and co-founded a collective of affinity spaces. It was a labor of love that continues to make an impact on students there. Here, she transitioned to a school-leader position as Dean of Culture.
In her role as APSS with Camino Nuevo, Marina will be supporting both teachers and students in upholding a culture of learning, belonging, and equity. She will oversee Kayne’s school-wide vision for culture and will facilitate PD that supports those efforts. She will also provide coaching for teachers and staff to ensure that they are growing towards inclusive practices that foster a sense of belonging for all students and community members.
School Operations Manager
Diana was born and raised in South Los Angeles. Both of her parents came to the US from El Salvador in the 80s. Diana began working at Kayne Siart in 2016 as a campus aide. Since then, she has taken on various roles including Culture Coordinator and Health Clerk. These roles have contributed to her holistic understanding of school operations.
As the School Operations Manager, Diana oversees key areas such as the school budget, facilities, meal program, and the main office. Although Diana's role is primarily behind the scenes, she is committed to molding and maintaining a safe and joyous school environment.
Student and Family
Lilian is a Los Angeles native from a single-parent household. She is currently pursuing a higher education and is passionate about working with families. During her 7 years at Camino Nuevo, she has worked as a campus aide, registrar and now is in the role of family services coordinator.
As a family services coordinator, she is responsible for hosting workshops, connecting families to resources that meet their specific needs, and is committed to moving families from involvement to engagement. She is also committed to building long-lasting relationships with schools that benefit both families and students.
Harah Milki Uvera
Special Education Compliance Coordinator
Harah was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She attended Occidental College where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology, and later the University of Phoenix where she earned her Master’s in Secondary Education.
Although she started her career in the sciences, Harah has always been involved in education, starting as a writing advisor when she was in 10th grade. Education has always been a passion of hers, as she believes that it is one key way a person can take direction in their life and carve out their own path of learning, independence, and contributing to their community. Harah is going into her 15th year being a part of the Camino Nuevo family. She began as a special education teacher’s assistant at Dalzell Lance in 2008, then became a full-time math teacher teaching algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, 7th grade math, and more, at CNCA’s Dalzell Lance High School, CNCA’s Miramar High School, and Green Dot’s James B. Taylor Middle School. She joined the Kayne-Siart community in 2020 and is excited to continue in her role as the special education compliance coordinator.
She will be supporting staff and families in ensuring that students are receiving their special education services while promoting a culture of inclusion amongst students with diverse strengths and needs.
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