Ali is Da Vinci RISE’s Social Science teacher, and came to us in October of 2016 after finishing student teaching at Lakewood High School in LBUSD. Ali was born in Guadajalajara, Mexico, but was raised in SoCal, specifically – Garden Grove, Orange County. His first language was Spanish, and he had to learn English as he entered elementary school in the United States. Ali struggled early on as a student due to being an English Language Learner, and did not often find teachers who were willing to work with him to hone his academic skills. Because of this experience, Ali decided that he would one day be an advocate of disadvantaged students.
Ali went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from California State University, Chico, and his Teaching Credential from Long Beach State, where he is currently pursuing his Master’s in Education as well.
Ali grew up playing Water Polo and Swimming, and competed at the club, high school, and university levels. He still plays competitive water polo for International WPC where he coaches as well.