Cynthia Vega



Elma Alduenda

School Administrative Assistant


Chantile Emerick

Inclusion Specialist


Ralph Gomez

AP Environmental Science, Biology, Health

B.A. Biology Physiology, B.S. Geography, Minor in Math

Ralph Gomez has worked as an LAUSD science teacher since 2009. He has taught a number of classes, including: Biology; Marine Biology; 7th, 8th, and 9th grade science; and AP Environmental Science. His classes are full of exposure to science and its relationship to our society. He does his best to have students practice science outside the classroom by providing many opportunities for hands-on activities and field trips. Coming from an educational background that did not expose him and his peers to enough science, Mr. Gomez has made it his goal to immerse his students in a range of activities.

He was born in East Los Angeles, California and went to college at Cal State Long Beach and Cerritos Community College. A moment that stands out in his mind is the day of his graduation from college. Mr. Gomez was one of two Latinos in his graduating class of 2006. He hopes to help other minority students be able to look around at their college graduation, and see many faces similar to their own.


Andy Molnar

American Literature and Composition, AVID, ELD

USC, B.A. in Communications (2000); CSUN, M.A. Secondary Instruction of English (2017); National Board Certified (2012)

Mr. Molnar enjoys writing, running, music, a good meal among friends, and spending time with his wife and kids.



Jesus Rodriguez

Spanish, AP Spanish Language, and LD Teacher

Pepperdine University, MA: Education & Professional Clear Teaching Credentials, CSUN, BA: Spanish & BA: Chicano/Chicana Studies

I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco México raised in a small town called, Teuchitlán, Jalisco. I came here to the USA when I was a child (6yrs old) in 1986 and been living in California since then, in the city of Reseda in the San Fernando Valley. I come from a family of 3 brothers and a sister; I am the oldest. One of my favorite hobbies is art and relaxing. My favorite color are black, red and royal blue. I have two B.A.s from Cal State Northridge and a Masters in education from Pepperdine University and my California Teaching Credential from Pepperdine as well. I have been teaching for 12 years in LAUSD, and taught in my first teaching job for two years in a middle school called John Adam Middle School, in Santa Monica part of the SMMUSD.

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Sandi Drinkward

AVID Coordinator, SAS/GATE Coordinator, National Board Certified English Teacher

BA University of San Diego in Literature with a Writing Emphasis, MA in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University

Ms. Drinkward has been working with teenagers since 1985, when she was still a teenager herself. She has a passion for reading, writing, film, photography, and baseball. GO DODGERS! She practices Hot Yoga to stay healthy and relieve stress. She loves spending time with her husband, Mike Herrmann, and their two amazing kids, Noah and Sadie. She loves her dog, Scully, and her cats, Uno y Dos. Drinkward loves teaching English and AVID because she gets to help students know the value of reading, writing, and pursuing their academic and professional dreams. What she loves most about her job is the opportunity to get to know her students; the family atmosphere at ALC is what makes her love coming to work each day.


Deven Callum

Teacher Assistant


Kristin Gifford

English 9, Honors English 9, Creative Writing, Get Lit, House of Arts, ALC Restorers

UCSB, BA Psychology and Art Studio (2000), University of Manchester, MA English and American Studies (2010), CSUN, teaching credential (2014)

I love reading, taking walks in nature, and visiting new places. I've lived in San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Manchester, and Santa Barbara. I like to read, take walks in nature, learn new things and travel. I love teaching because my students always surprise me.


Manuel Guevara

Physical Education


Anthony Nittle

English/ELD Teacher, MC Swim Coach

Bachelors in English and Creative Writing, University of Arizona (2002), Masters in Education, Cal-State Dominguez Hills (2009)

Anthony Nittle teaches 10th grade English and ELD at the Academic Leadership Community, located in downtown Los Angeles. He also coaches the Miguel Contreras Swim Team and leads the School of Rock Guitar Club. An Arizona native, Nittle lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog. His favorite book is 'A Desert Solitaire', by Edward Abbey. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in American Literature and Creative Writing. He holds a Masters in Educational Administration from Cal State Dominguez Hills.


Nicole Romanak

AP Biology/Biology/AVID


Miriam Toledo

Teacher Assistant

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Ida Yoshinaga

Algebra 1/Media

Santa Monica College (2002- 2005) Transfer; CSUN, B.A. Liberal Studies (2007); UCLA, M.Ed. Teacher Education Program (2011); Cal State Dominguez Hills Preliminary Administrative Credential (2015)

I am a first-generation Thai American born in the city of Los Angeles and raised in the city of Bangkok. I spent most of my childhood and adolescent years learning the art, language, and history of Thailand. I came back to California as an English learner to finish my last two years of high school while working at a nearby restaurant as a waitress. Soon after, I was a student and an employee at Santa Monica College studying liberal arts and working at the college bookstore. I, then, transferred to Cal State Northridge where I earned my bachelor of arts and completed the Teachers Education Program at UCLA.

I believe that school is for everyone and that all students can learn, overcome any obstacle, and become successful. As an educator, I am here to give all students the support and care they need to pursue higher education and their future careers.

I am a Xennial. I love swimming, painting, music, food, and life.


Katherine Carver

Intro Art/Ceramics/AP Studio Art


Mike Herrmann

AP Calculus, Algebra 1, PreCalculus, Statistics, Leadership Development Coordinator

UCLA, BS Applied Mathematics (1993); UCLA, MEd (1994); LMU MA School Counseling (1998)


Daniela Flores

YPI College and Career Advisor


Meghann Lee

ELD 1, ELD 2, Photography, The Weekly Cobra, UTLA Representative

Pace University, Masters in Education, 2009, Bachelors in English and in French, Fordham University, 2007

My hobbies are reading, traveling and photography. I have been a teacher for 10 years!

Juan Ortiz

Special Education


Glendy Sanchez

Inclusion Specialist

B.A. Liberal Studies, M.S. Special Education

I was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the U.S. when I was seven years old. I am a first generation high school and college graduate. I enjoy walking, hiking, jogging/running, crocheting, assembling jigsaw puzzles, eating sashimi, and spending time with my family and friends. It is an honor to work at ALC and have the opportunity to give back to the community I grew up.


Danielle Torrez

US History, AP US History

UCLA, B.A. in History with Minor in Education in 2016. M.Ed. Expected from UCLA in 2018.

I am originally from Sacramento, CA. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach and binging shows on Netflix. I also love music and have been playing piano and guitar since I was in middle school and frequently attend concerts for my favorite artists. I am a Dodgers fan and baseball/softball are my favorite sports. This is my first year at ALC and I am so excited to be here! Go Cobras!



Jennifer Yap

Algebra 2/Physics


Max Castillo Sanchez

Co-Lead Teacher/Government/Economics

B.A. Latin American Studies, CSULA


Karina Duran

Senior Office Tech


Midd (Calee) Gilliland

Co-Lead Teacher, Chemistry, ASB


Kimberly Holmes

School Counselor

UCLA, B.A. in Linguistics, University of Arizona, M.A. in Latin American Studies

I am a native of Compton, CA. My hobbies are writing short stories and bird-watching. I take dance classes regularly (ballet/jazz) to stay in shape.


Scott Martin-Rowe

AVID, LTEL, AP Language and Composition

CSUN, B.A. in English/Creative Writing (2004), CSUN, M.A. in English/Creative Writing (2015),
National Board Certification (2012)

Mr. Martin-Rowe grew up in the East Bay and migrated to Los Angeles for school. When he is not at ALC, he enjoys camping, working on his in-progress YA novels, reading, attempting to start Twitter wars with people he dislikes, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two children. What Mr. Martin-Rowe loves most about teaching is being able to see his students grow as critical thinkers as they learn more about themselves and the complicated world we live in.


Jose Pimentel

School EL/ELD Counselor


Maricarmen Sanchez

World History, AP World History, GSA Advisor

CSULA, BA History (2010); CSULA, MA Educational Foundations (2013)

Ms. Sanchez grew up in Los Angeles. She is a first generation high school and college graduate. Her history classes are Social Justice oriented.

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." -Malcolm X

Gillian Wooller

Geometry, Algebra Bridge, and Freshman Pathways

Santa Monica College Transfer;
California Polytechnic University SLO, B.S.
Liberal Studies with Mathematics Emphasis;
UCLA, M.Ed. Teacher Education Program