DV RISE High

  • Academic Coach, Da Vinci RISE High

    Alex Landaverde

    Alex Landaverde is currently a Paraeducator at the Hawthorne campus and began at RISE during the 2017-2018 school year. He was born and raised...
  • Behavior Interventionist, Da Vinci RISE High

    Anthony Gay

    Anthony Gay was born and raised in Los Angeles California. Anthony is an energetic, hardworking, dependable and flexible person. who is extremely...
  • Office Manager, Da Vinci RISE High @ APCH

    Ashley Oku

    Ashley Oku is currently the Office Manager at the APCH campus and first started at RISE as an Academic Coach during the 2018-2019 school year....
  • Academic Coach, Da Vinci RISE High

    Brandon Davis

    Brandon Davis was born and raised in Los Angeles. Brandon received his Bachelor’s in Criminology and Communications from California State...
  • English Teacher, Da Vinci RISE High @ APCH

    Brent Walmsley

    Brent Walmsley grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the Lake Minnetonka area (if you are a fan of Prince, he references it in Purple...
  • Attendance & Enrollment Coordinator, Da Vinci RISE High

    Christian Navarro

    I was born and raised in Los Angeles. As a Hawthorne native I’ve always wanted to contribute and give back to the community. Having attended...
  • Humanities, Da Vinci RISE High @ New Earth

    E’bow Morgan

    E’bow Morgan is a Humanities Instructor for Da Vinci RISE New Earth campus. An L.A. native with 6 years of teaching experience with 19 years...
  • Assistant Principal, Da Vinci RISE @ APCH

    Edith Funes

    Edith Funes, M.Ed., joins our RISE family as our Assistant Principal at APCH. Edith is a veteran educator with over 15 years of teaching and...
  • Principal/Executive Director, Da Vinci RISE High

    Erin Whalen

    Erin Whalen, born and raised in Los Angeles, California serves as Da Vinci RISE High’s Principal/Executive Director. Born into a proud...
  • STEM, Da Vinci RISE High @ New Earth

    Ivonne Alarcon

    Ivonne Alarcon is the new STEM Teacher at RISE-New Earth in Culver City and a South Los Angeles native. Her parents immigrated from Mexico...
  • Academic Coach, Da Vinci RISE High @ New Earth

    Jimmy Castaneda

    Jimmy Castaneda just started as the Academic Coach at the New Earth campus. He will be supporting STEM and humanities students for the 2020/2021...
  • Resource Teacher, Da Vinci RISE High @ Hawthorne

    Kai Ybarzabal

    Kai Ybarzabal is currently an Education Specialist at the Hawthorne campus and began RISE during the 2020-2021 school year. He was born and...
  • Founder

    Kari Croft

    Kari Croft is the Founder of Da Vinci RISE High. Her focus is on long-term policy, funding, and partnership opportunities that will ensure...
  • Education Specialist, Da Vinci RISE High

    Kim Harmon

    Kim Harmon is the Education Specialist at the Da Vinci RISE High APCH campus. Kim is a Special Educator with 10 years of experience teaching...
  • Social Studies, Da Vinci RISE High

    Mario Sazo

    Mario Sazo is a travelling Social Studies Teacher for Da Vinci RISE High. Mario studied Government and International Relations at San Francisco...
  • Academic Coach, Da Vinci RISE High

    Mathew Nunez

    Mathew Nuñez is currently an Academic Coach at the RISE Hawthorne campus. After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona in 2018 with a Bachelor’s...
  • Science, Da Vinci RISE High

    Meika Nwaomah

    Meika Nwaomah, Science Teacher, is bubbling over with excitement to work with all the wonderful scholars attending Da Vinci RISE High. She...
  • Math, Da Vinci RISE High

    Naomi Lara

    Naomi Lara was born and raised in Southern California and is proud to be shaped by her diverse experiences growing up in Compton, Lake Los...
  • Behavior Interventionist, Da Vinci RISE High @ APCH

    Scott James

    Scott James grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and came to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue his dreams of playing pro basketball/football. His plan got...
  • Resource Teacher, Da Vinci RISE High

    Tiffany Edwards

    Tiffany Edwards was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. For undergraduate studies she attended Prairie View A&M University located...