Svetlana J. Lazarova

Svetlana grew up in Bulgaria and attended an “advanced placement” high school of only 500 students. At an early age, she learned and became fluent in English and went on to learn Russian, German and Armenian. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree and her Mater’s in The Classics and English Language from the University of Sophia, […]

Stephanie Farquhar-Ota

Stephanie was raised and attended school in Los Alamitos, California. Throughout her young life she had one goal: to be the first in her family to go to college. With little parental guidance or school direction, Stephanie believed she only had to take lab science courses, the SAT, and maintain her grades in order to […]

Nicole DiRanna

Education is in Nicole DiRanna’s blood. Born into a family with a science curriculum writer and professional development expert as a mother and an award-winning English teacher as a grandmother, education was always at the forefront in Nicole’s life. Indeed, Nicole’s passion and commitment to the profession was instilled at a young age from “playing […]

Marlene Carter

When Marlene Carter graduated from Dorsey High School in southwest Los Angeles, she had no idea she would one day return there to teach. After graduating from Dorsey, she earned her B.A. in English and M.S. in Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Southern California. Her first teaching job took her to the […]

Alicia Taylor

Alicia Taylor grew up in Arvada Colorado, just west of Denver where she attended high school and found music to be her major interest. She began playing the piano at the age of eight and later added the drums. As a high school student, Alicia was a member of the marching, jazz and concert bands. […]

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