Welcome to our new Faculty and Staff! We look forward to getting to know you this year. Please read on to learn more about our new faculty and staff members who are joining us this year and please make sure to introduce yourself if you see them on campus.
Bianca Ayon - Infant Care Facilitator
Prior to joining CEE, Bianca was a paraprofessional in the Conejo Valley School District, providing 1:1 support to a 2nd grade student in the classroom and with self care routines. Bianca was also an America Reads Tutor at the Camarillo Library, where she created and implemented a bilingual story time for toddlers as well as assisted in creating community events which promoted literacy.
Bianca earned her B.A. Early Childhood Education from CSU Channel Islands. There, Bianca served as a student teacher with infants and toddlers and in a transitional kindergarten. She also was a member of the CI Corps at the Center for Community Engagement. She was honored to be selected as the keynote speaker at the School of Education commencement ceremony.
Calvin Barrie - Technology Support Associate
Calvin joins CEE as our Technology Support Associate after several years as an Apple Product Technician. He also has experience as a programmer. Through his experience serving customers, has developed the ability to distill daunting computer terminology into step-by-step, easy-to-understand processes, which will be a big asset to the many tech users in the community! Calvin lives in Redondo Beach.
Aliyah Daniels - Advancement Associate
Aliyah just finished her fourth summer with Galileo Learning, where she was the lead art instructor for first and second grade students. Aliyah is dedicated to supporting and nurturing children throughout their early years. Prior to joining The Center staff, she studied public health at Tulane University in New Orleans. At Tulane, Aliyah worked in the Student Affairs, Campus Services, and Housing & Residence Life Departments. The warmth and resilience of New Orleans inspired her to contribute to positive, dynamic movements in society. While working as a policy intern for a local nonprofit that focused on reproductive health, she developed a passion for community engagement and relationship building. As a graduate of Harvard Westlake School, she is dedicated to Los Angeles independent schools and is excited to join the CEE community!
Inez Gonzalez - Kindergarten Teacher
Inez is from New York City and most recently, Inez worked at Metropolitan Montessori School in New York, working in a classroom with children 2-3 years old. Prior to that, she was a Lead Kindergarten teacher at The School at Columbia University, and a Kindergarten and Second Grade Spanish Immersion teacher at Avenues: The World School. All these teaching experiences provided Inez with valuable opportunities to work with a diverse student population and develop her teaching practice in two languages and a variety of school settings.
Inez graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish Language and Literature and a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies. She also completed a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education at Fordham.
Tanya Haghnazarian - Accounts Receivable Specialist
Tanya joins CEE from the Curtis School, where she worked for twelve years. In fact, she started there as a senior in high school! Her first job was as a daycare specialist - but during her time there, Tanya did a little bit of everything including tutoring, substitute teaching, and assisted families with financial aid and accounts receivable in the business office. She joins CEE as our Accounts Receivable Specialist. Welcome to The Center, Tanya!
Darshana Parekh - CFO
Darshana Parekh joined CEE in July as CFO. Most recently, Darshana served as Head of Finance for a venture capital-backed media technology start up, and has held division-level finance leadership positions in the media and entertainment industry, including at Fox, Sony, and Disney. Darshana also spent some time in Operations Finance and Strategic International Development within the Travel & Tourism industry, and held consulting roles with A.T. Kearney and Arthur Andersen. Welcome to the team, Darshana!
Anders Villalta - Library Clerk
Before joining CEE, Anders worked at the Mirman School, where he served as both Assistant Librarian and Assistant Teacher. His position brought him all around campus, working with students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Anders taught library classes, tutored students in a range of subjects, and develop schoolwide programming around literature, social justice, world languages, and the arts. As a senior at Oberlin College, Anders was elected Accessibility Coordinator of a large cooperative organization, where he implemented more equitable co-op policies, connected members with organizational resources, and facilitated a range of accommodations. He organized Oberlin's first annual anti-oppression symposium with 35 public events around pressing issues like racial, gender, and disability justice.
More recently, Anders have pursued librarianship as a space to advocate for accessible education through storytelling and community programming, and he is excited to continue his growth as a Library Clerk here at The Center.
Alex Wenderoff - Fourth Grade Teacher
Alex began teaching in public schools in Washington, D.C. as a member of the D.C. Teaching Fellows. Then, Alex taught for two years in the Bay Area before going back home to the East Coast and teaching five years at charter schools in New York City. During this time, Alex hoped to find a school whose mission he fully aligned with and where teachers can thrive and flourish. Alex describes how "the moment I walked into CEE I knew I had not just found a school I would enjoy teaching at, but I had found a home." Alex and his wife were recently married and look forward to putting down roots in Los Angeles.
Jake Bracken - Day Care Teacher
Bio coming soon!
Melissa Maxwell - Director of Events
Bio coming soon!