Amber Olmos is a product of the Norwalk-La Mirada School District and is proud to be able to work with her community. She obtained her BA in Anthropology/Sociology at Whittier College and her Masters degree in archaeology at Cal State Long Beach. She is currently a Law School student and is looking forward to getting into a teaching credential program. She started off volunteering as a mentor for foster kids since she was 13 and has been working with preschool aged kids to college age for 8 years. She loves what she does and plans on continuing her passion in helping all youth become inspired in life.
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Valerie Mireles has worked in the field of education for the past 8 years. She has experience with K- college level students. She completed the Teacher TRAC Program at Cerritos Community College and is now enrolled in an Early Childhood Education with a Dual Credential program at Pacific Oaks College. She aspires to change the world one child at a time.
Maria Elena Adame began working for the NLMUSD in 2008 under the McKinney Vento Program conducting small group instruction and one-on-one tutoring. In 2011 she became a part of ASES after school program. Maria attended Cerritos College where she obtained an Associates degree in Liberal Arts and Sociology. She is currently working on obtaining a bachelors degree in Sociology. Maria collaborates with nonprofit organizations to aid the homeless and single mothers who are victims of violence. She aspires to one day start her own foundation that will help support the homeless.
Christina Hernandez has been with this amazing program for almost 5 years. She is a product of the Norwalk-La Mirada school district. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton and received her BA in psychology. She hopes to return to school and enter in a Masters/Credential program. One of her favorite quotes inspired by her experiences in the classroom is "Tell me and I forget, Show me and I'll remember, Involve me and I'll understand." She enjoys embarking on new adventures and is excited for this school year!
Melissa Reyes is a proud community member of the city of Norwalk and has served the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District for five years. She has a Master degree in Elementary Education and has worked in the field for twelve years. She provides intervention to students in Kindergarten through 6th grade using a variety of researched based programs. Melissa loves working with children and strongly believes that every student should be part of a learning environment that promotes safety, love, guidance, and an opportunity for them to maximize their learning potential. Mrs. Reyes is also a proud parent of a third grade student at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. She is very excited to be a part of the ASES staff and looks forward to a wonderful year creating unforgettable memories!
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Pedro Ruezga earned his degree in Psychology and Social behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2012. Soon after he began working with the Norwalk La Mirada Unified School district as a One-on-One Paraprofessional for students with special needs. He began his work with ASES Prep as an after school teacher 2 years ago and is currently the Site Lead at New River Elementary - Knight’s Academy - where he hopes to build a site wide culture of respect and persistence in hopes to motivate students and staff to become productive members of our community. Pedro hopes to return for a Masters in Education with a teaching credential in Special Education this coming year.
Miriam Espinoza attended UCLA where she majored in Women’s Studies/Gender Studies and discovered a passion for education. She began understanding child development while working at one of UCLA’s Early Care and Education Centers. She also has experience in tutoring high school students and has been working with ASES Prep since 2012. Her goals are to educate children in a creative, nurturing environment and to empower others to create change. She aspires to become a school principal, and continue working in her community.
Arlene graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, with a focus in International Business. She has worked with After School Programs for over eight years, and is going on her second year with the Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District. She has worked with children between Kindergarten through 8th grade. She hopes to help students succeed and develop a positive outlook in regards to education. It is in her goals to pursue a degree in law. At some point, she hopes to continue working with non-profit organizations, like ASES, that allows students to raise awareness in issues that students feel strongly about. Currently, she is working at Sanchez Elementary working with her educators to present students with skills that allows them to raise awareness in Community and Social Engagement, using Character Education as a foundation.
Manny earned his degree from the University of California, Irvine in Psychology and Social Behavior with an emphasis on adolescent development. He has done research on the effects of future orientation among adolescent academic performance. In 2011, he was invited to share his research at the American Psychological Association (APA) conference in Washington D.C. Manny began his career in education with the After School Education and Safety program in 2012 as a 5th Grade Educator. The following two years, he served as a Site Lead for the after school program. In August 2015, Manny was selected to serve as the after school program Supervisor for elementary schools. He plans to continue his academic career in education.