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...
  • English, Da Vinci RISE High @ Hawthorne

    Andrew Gilbert

    Andrew Gilbert is the English teacher at the Hawthorne location of Da Vinci RISE High. Andrew lives in Sierra Madre with his wife and two daughters....
  • 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...
  • Academic Coach, Da Vinci RISE High @ APCH

    Connie Heredia

    Connie just started as an Academic Coach at the APCH campus. She offers her support in Science for the school year of 2019/2020. She is currently...
  • School Counselor, Da Vinci RISE High

    Dynasty Taylor

    Hi my name is Dynasty Taylor and I am the School Counselor. I am the point person for academic counseling, job-readiness, and mental health...
  • 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...
  • Case Manager, Da Vinci RISE High @ APCH

    Elizabeth Ramos

    Elizabeth Ramos is the case manager for APCH. She received her BA in Psychology from Cal State Northridge and received her Masters in School...
  • Principal, Da Vinci RISE High

    Erin Whalen

    Erin Whalen, born and raised in Los Angeles, California serves as Da Vinci RISE High’s Principal. Born into a proud Black, Chicano and...
  • 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...
  • Academic Coach, Da Vinci RISE High @ Hawthorne

    Josh Allen

    Josh Allen, Los Angeles native, is currently an Academic Coach at the RISE Hawthorne campus. He graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Child...
  • 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...
  • Executive Director, Da Vinci RISE High

    Mary Ring

    Mary P. Ring serves as Executive Director of Da Vinci RISE High. She comes to the position with more than 30 years of educational leadership...
  • 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...
  • Resource Teacher, Da Vinci RISE High @ Hawthorne

    Sam Ybarzabal

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