Rick Esquivel attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Upon graduation, Rick joined Teach For America and after recognizing a strong need for passionate and empathetic educators, he decided to continue providing students with meaningful learning experiences. Rick is currently the Head of Secondary School at Larchmont Charter School, an academically high-performing school whose mission is to serve a racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse group of students. Rick holds a Master’s Degree in K-12 Education from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from California State University, Northridge. Rick will be starting his doctoral program at USC this fall.
Melody Levine is currently the Assistant Principal at Santa Rosa Charter Academy, a PUC middle school in northeast Los Angeles. Melody’s path to school leadership previously focused on impacting educational transformation from the macro perspective. She served as the Director of School Transformation for the Los Angeles Unified School District and as a Senior Educational Consultant with the Consortium on Reaching Excellence, an education network working in over thirty schools across the country. Melody began teaching in Compton Unified School District as a Los Angeles Corps Member in 1999. Melody received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Masters’ degree in Education from California State University of Los Angeles.
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