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Welcome to the Sandra Cisneros Campus

Welcome to Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy!
We are committed to teaching the whole child and strongly believe that every student can and will succeed!
This year, our two major areas of focus are belonging and intellectual engagement. We want our students and families to feel a strong partnership within our community. We also want to ensure that our school regularly and deeply engages all students in high-quality learning. We will continue our work in addressing issues of behavior and equity through a restorative justice approach and support the social-emotional well-being of our students.
Let’s have an amazing 2023-24 school year! Shine bright Superstars!
- Sandra Cisneros Leadership Team

About Sandra Cisneros

The Sandra Cisneros 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 school serves the children and families of Echo Park in 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.

You can access our most current charter renewal petition and other documents by clicking here

Cisneros in Action


Charles Miller
Charles Miller
Interim Principal

For over a decade, Charles Miller’s professional life has focused on educating students. He has served as a director of after-school programs for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, as a founding middle school teacher at Voices College-Bound Language Academy, and as principal of Voices College-Bound Language Academy. Before his role as the Vice President of Schools, he was the principal of our 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 onto 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. He enjoys running, hiking, dancing salsa, and spending time with his wife and daughter, Jeimee and Maia.

Ellie Franco 
Assistant Principal of Instruction

As assistant principal of instruction, Ellie is responsible for ensuring that all students are receiving high-quality instruction that will help them become literate, critical thinkers, and independent problem solvers who are agents of social justice. She works closely with the principal to ensure the school’s strategic plans and goals are met. Prior to joining the school's leadership team, she was a fifth-grade teacher for seven years with the Los Angeles Unified School District. At the Sandra Cisneros Campus, she has been a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher. Her professional experience also includes being a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment support provider, grade-level chair, Association of Equipment Management Professionals program facilitator, a member of the Teacher Leadership Team, a member of the Camino Nuevo Ethnic Studies Coalition, and facilitator of the G.I.R.L.S. Club on campus. Ellie earned her Bachelor of Arts and Bilingual, Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development teaching credential from San Diego State University, and a Master of Arts in New Media Design and Education at California State University, Los Angeles.

Emmanuel SotoEmmanuel Soto
Assistant Principal 
of Student Supports

As assistant principal of student supports, Emmanuel (Alex) is responsible for the development and execution of a robust plan to align instructional practices and school programs to a “whole child” approach that builds a strong foundation for student achievement while building positive school culture as he works with students, families, and other stakeholders.  He also works closely with the leadership team to support teachers with data-driven instruction in mathematics. Alex is a founding teacher at Cisneros and prior to his transition to the leadership team, he taught 6th grade mathematics, science, and an architecture elective at Cisneros. He is a facilitator of the BOYS group on campus which is a space for adolescent boys to discuss, challenge, and redefine what it means to grow up as a young man in our community.  Alex grew up in South Central Los Angeles and graduated from Berkeley with a degree in Architecture and a minor in Education. He received his teaching credential and masters degree in Education from UCLA where he received the Stone Foundation Fellowship Award.  When not at school, Alex enjoys spending time with his family,  working on cars, practicing photography, and camping.

Daisy Aguirre
Student and Family Services Coordinator

As the student and family services coordinator, Daisy works closely with students and families providing educational parent workshops, case management and coordination of referrals to other support program and services for families in need while facilitating other parent engagement activities to ensure student academic success. Daisy is a founding member of the Sandra Cisneros Campus since it opened its doors in 2011. Previously, Daisy worked with youth for the Boys and Girls Club in Long Beach and was a Region Director for Bienestar Human Services overseeing Youth and HIV/Prevention Social Services serving at risk communities of color in Long Beach, Hollywood and Van Nuys. She has over 10 years’ experience advocating for underserved communities and helping build strong community relationships. Daisy completed her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Spanish at California State University, Long Beach. Daisy is also a proud parent and when she’s not at school, she enjoys spending time with her kids and family.

Haysha Maldonado
School Operations Manager

As the school operations manager, Haysha is responsible for ensuring the Sandra Cisneros Campus operates safely and smoothly. Among her many duties, Haysha oversees the management of facilities, cafeteria, and main office operations, budget spending, and state testing. During her time at Camino Nuevo, Haysha has held many positions: from kindergarten instructional aide to operations coordinator to special education services and records clerk. These roles have allowed her to have a better understanding of the school and the community she serves. Haysha graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. When she is not working on spreadsheets, Haysha enjoys horseback riding, reading books, and practicing meditation.


Contact Us

1018 Mohawk St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
P:  (213) 353-5300
F:  (213) 483-1688
Office & Phone Hours 
Mon - Wed, Fri: 7:30am - 4pm
Thur: 7:30am - 2pm
School Hours
Mon-Wed, Fri:
K-5th grade: 8:00am – 3:00pm
6-8th grade: 8:00am – 3:15pm
TK-5th grade: 8:00am-12:30pm
6-8th grade: 8:00am-12:30pm
After-School Program
K-8th grade: 3:30pm – 6pm