Orlando Rodriguez

Orlando grew up in Huntington Park, located just south of Los Angeles and attended local schools surrounded by guns, drugs and gangs. Thanks to a very supportive family, Orlando was able to graduate from Huntington Park High School and was accepted to Santa Clara University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics with […]

Tommie Lindsey

One of nine children of an ironworker and a homemaker, Tommie grew up in Oakland, California and was raised by his grandmother after his parents died. From her, Tommie learned about the importance of family bonds, which is a value he considers central to his decision to become a teacher. True to his goal, after […]

Danielle Lehman​

Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors in International Relations from the University of California, Davis and Single Subject Credential from San Francisco State University, which included English Language Development Certification. Danielle began her teaching career teaching English at Florin High School in Sacramento, California before moving to Arcata, California where she has […]

Lindsey Bird​

Lindsey grew up in Modesto, California where she attended Modesto City Schools. Following high school graduation, Lindsey attended California State University, Chico, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science. Upon graduation from Chico, Linsey began work in the banking industry. After a few years in business, she determined her calling was […]

Omar Barbarena

Omar was born in Nicaragua during the Nicaragua Civil War. His parents sent him to America to live with family at the age of 14 and before he would have been drafted into the Nicaragua army. After attending intercity schools in Los Angles, where he excelled in Mathematics, Omar attended and earned his Bachelor of […]

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