Ali Landeros is Da Vinci RISE High’s Social Science teacher, and is also a founding member of the RISE High Staff. Ali joined RISE in 2016 after finishing student teaching at Lakewood High School in LBUSD. Aside from social studies, Ali enjoys teaching elective seminars in art, music, and cooking.
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 for students.
Ali earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from California State University, Chico, and his Teaching Credential from Long Beach State where he also earned his Master of Arts Degree in Education.
Ali grew up playing Water Polo and Swimming, and competed at the club, high school, and university levels. He still plays and coaches competitive water polo for South Bay United Water Polo Club in the South Bay.
Other extracurriculars which he is passionate about include music – he directs a choir on weekends, surfing, paddle boarding, and body boarding, as well as Crossfit.