STAFF DIRECTORY

The single biggest protective factor in the lives of young people who experience toxic stress is a caring adult. There is also a direct corollary: the more caring adults you have, the stronger the shield.

 

CARLA VICTOR

HEAD OF SCHOOL

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KAREN REYES

FINANCE ASSOCIATE

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KAREGA BAILEY

DEAN OF STUDENTS

Over nine years in Special Education and School Leadership, fostering resiliency and hope through Spoken Word and Hip Hop. Contact Karega

LESLYE SALINAS

BUSINESS MANAGER

Over six years serving Oakland schools to develop operations that nurture caring relationships with students and families. Contact Leslye

CESAR RAMIREZ SALGADO

OFFICE CLERK

Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Devoted to giving students the love and knowledge I wish I received. Contact Cesar

MILLION KELATI

EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST

Million Kelati has been teaching for the last 7 years as both a classroom teacher and special education teacher. Contact Million

OMAR ESCALANTE

LUNCH MONITOR

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ERIKA GONZÁLEZ

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER - ENGLISH

Xicana educator and former environmental justice educator with fifteen years of experience working with children and families in K-12. Loves to infuse art, social justice and culture in curriculum. Contact Erika

TRICIA SARMIENTO

1st GRADE SPANISH

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LINDA GRAYSON

2nd GRADE SPANISH

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LAURENCE TAN (LT)

3rd/4th GRADE TEACHER - ENGLISH

LT (Laurence Tan) spent most of his near 20 years of Educational Experience teaching in Watts, South Central Los Angeles where he is most proud of creating a Critical Pipeline of Youth Development called the Watts Youth Collective (WYC) and the UCLA’s Council of Youth Research (CYR). He helped design and create Roses in Concrete, and is currently the STEM coordinator and upper grade Lead Teacher, and has been distinguished and recognized nationally with various Teacher of the Year awards. Contact Laurence

DANIEL MUHAMMAD

5th GRADE TEACHER - ELA

Over twelve years teaching experience ranging from private, public and charter schools throughout the Bay Area. Contact Daniel

BEVERLY CASTILLO

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE

I’m originally from Los Angeles, California. I plan to bring my love for science to this program and hopefully get kids to fall in love with science. Contact Beverly

KURT KAAEKUAHIWI

MIDDLE SCHOOL ELA

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JOHN THOMAS QUINN III

RECREATION SPECIALIST

Oakland native with twelve years of child development experience, centered around physical activity, curriculum development and youth leadership. Contact John

LAMARQ BAILEY

BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST

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HECTOR NAVARRO

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Grew up in Los Angeles and began working with youth through the Watts Youth Collective. Came to Roses in Concrete through his mentor and former 5th grade teacher. Contact Hector

MARGARITA LOPEZ

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

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ERIKA NEGRETE

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Asistente instrucional en español en Kinder, he trabajado por 10 años en escuela bilingüe en kinder, siempre disfrutando el poder ayudar a los estudiantes a reforzar su idioma materno o a estudiantes de diferentes nacionalidades a aprender un nuevo idioma, el español. Contact Erika

CARLOS NOEL MEIJA

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

I am from SoCal where I grew up in the Watts, South Los Angeles area. Been working alongside my mentor Laurence Tan, also known in the community as LT, to create spaces for youth where their voices matter and can be heard. Where their minds are able to unlearn what they have learned and use it to transform themselves as well as their communities. I am a firm believer of hearing people out and giving them an opportunity to pour their souls out and help guide their emotions towards positive change. Contact Carlos

ANASTASHIA PARRA - JOHNSON

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

East Bay native with over 6 years of experience with youth. I’m passionate about teaching self-love and culture-based curriculum. I’m committed to bringing my love and knowledge to Roses in support of breaking societal expectations and helping raise a generation of change. Contact Anastashia

SHAKURA BALTAZAR

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

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IRMA NEGRETE MARTINEZ

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Un niño que habla dos O mas idiomas, tienen mas oportunidades en la Vida ,por eso a mi me gusta enseñar mi idioma que es el Español. Contact Irma

FLORINDA FARJARDO

HEAD CUSTODIAN

East Oakland community member devoted to creating a safer and healthy Oakland. Over twenty years of experience as custodian in Oakland with dedication to quality education for all our children.

JOSE AGUILAR

FACILITIES