Dalzell Lance Campus

Leadership

LEADERSHIP
Julie Jhun
Principal
As the Principal, Julie is responsible for leading the culture, operations and success of the Dalzell-Lance High School Campus. Prior to taking on her role as the principal in 2012, Julie was the assistant principal for the Temple Campus since 2007 when she joined the Camino Nuevo family. Julie started her career as a Teach for America corps member teaching in the Lynwood Unified School District. Teaching and education have been a lifelong passion for Julie starting from teaching youth in Ohio to teaching abroad in Vienna, Austria. A strong advocate for positive behavioral reinforcement, Julie's doctoral dissertation studied the life-changing effects of effective parenting techniques on adolescents.

 

Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Oberlin College, a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Master of Education from Loyola Marymount University, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) from UCLA through its Educational Leadership Program.
Jaclyn Lee
Assistant Principal
As the Assistant Principal of Instruction (Math & Science), Jaclyn is responsible for coaching and supporting math and science teachers, planning and facilitating professional development, and supporting the administrative team in day-to-day operations, while overseeing the athletics program and student events (Caminowood, senior events, and graduation). Prior to joining the leadership team at Camino Nuevo High School (Dalzell Lance Campus), she was the Teacher Engagement Lead at Teach Plus, where she recruited, trained, and coached teacher leaders to plan and facilitate professional learning. Jaclyn started in education as a high school chemistry teacher near Oakland, CA, and later became the activities director, BTSA support provider, and then administrator.

Jaclyn completed her Bachelor of Arts at UCLA and her Master of Education at UC Berkeley.
Chris Miller
Assistant Principal
Christopher Miller has been working in education for the last 7 years. He started his career in 2008 with P.U.C. Schools, a charter organization based in East L.A., teaching 10th and 11th-grade history. He was with P.U.C. Schools for three years before transitioning to Camino Nuevo as the K-8 physical education instructor for the Harvard site. After teaching P.E. for two years he moved into his current administrative role as Operations Coordinator for CNCA Harvard.
 
Chris graduated from California State University Long Beach with an Undergrad in Modern World and United States History in 2006.  A year later he graduated C.S.U.L.B. with a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Studies subsequently receiving his Clear Teaching Credential a few years later. Then in 2011, Chris was accepted to a progressive new program funded by the federal government that seeks to develop and create aspiring charter school leaders. He was accepted to the Charter and Autonomous Schools Leadership Academy (CASLA) in the fall of 2011. During this intensive year-long program he earned a Masters of Arts in Educational Administrations through California State University Dominguez Hills and obtained his Tier I Administrative Credential. All the while he was enjoying his first year of marriage with his amazing wife Erin and experienced the birth of his beautiful daughter, Cora.
Wesley Ellis
Dean of Culture
As the Dean of Culture, Wesley is responsible for leading the school-wide efforts to build and maintain a strong, positive, achievement-oriented school culture for high school students. He is responsible for creating behavior systems for the school and for supporting the staff in addressing behavior problems as they arise, ensuring that students maximize their level of engagement and contribute to the learning experience in the classroom. In addition to building school-wide behavior systems, Wesley is responsible for organizing culturally enriching field trips and service learning trips in order to diversify the learning for students and to provide meaningful opportunities for students to give back to the Los Angeles community. Prior to joining the leadership at CNCA, Wesley was employed with Columbus City School in Columbus, Ohio. There he worked as a high school English teacher and later as a Language Arts Department Chair and Instructional Coach.
 
Wesley completed his Bachelor of Science in Education with a specialization in Integrated Language Arts at Bowling Green State University, a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction at Ohio Dominican University, and plans to pursue his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership.
Heidi Valladares
Student and Family 
Services Coordinator
Heidi is a Native Angeleno, from the Westlake Neighborhood. Her Bilingual and bi-cultural background have made her very passionate about Community Empowerment. She has served in her community as an advocated for Renters Rights and a DREAMer Ally. Holding workshops on Illegal Evictions in different communities with growing gentrification and a founding member of Student Led group “CaminoCorps”, whose focus was community beautification projects and the fundraising for scholarships for Camino Nuevo High School DREAMers. Esperanza Community Housing recognized Heidi for her service to her community in 2010 with the “Community Activist Award”.
 
Her passion for her community, parent advocacy and literacy make Heidi very excited about the work she is doing at Dalzell Lance. Having the opportunity to come back to her community and serve in the community that helped raise her, is her biggest honor.
 
Ruthie Robles
College Counselor
11th/12th Grade
Ruthie Portillo has a passion for ensuring all students have the resources they need in order to be successful in college. Ruthie has served students in low-income communities in San Gabriel Valley as well as in East and South Los Angeles. Her passion for helping youth began during her experience with a nonprofit organization that focused on guiding first-generation students to college. As a first-generation student herself, this experience inspired her to work in education. 

Ruthie is dedicated to assisting students with their educational goals and will be the driving force to make sure students at Dalzell Lance High School will have a successful journey to college. Ruthie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Science in School Counseling from California State University, Long Beach.
 
 
Margarita Landeros
College Counselor
9th/10th Grade
As the ninth and twelfth grade College Counselor at Dalzell Lance, Margarita is responsible for the college-going culture and day-to-day college application activities. She works specifically with ninth and twelfth-grade students, teachers and parents to ensure students and families are informed and supported in their college preparation process. Margarita also works closely with college and community partners from across the nation. Prior to joining CNCA, Margarita was a Program Coordinator for one of TELACU’s Upward Bound Programs, where she helped launch a brand new grant to serve Wilson and Bell Gardens High School. Margarita also worked for Rio Hondo College as an Educational Advisor through the Educational Partnerships and Outreach Office, where she worked with El Monte Union High School District. Margarita has worked in the area of college counseling for 10 years and has also served on various scholarship committees to support undocumented students access higher education.
 
Margarita completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology with an Education Minor at the University of California, Berkeley, graduate coursework at Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master of Education in School Counseling with a Pupil and Personnel Services Credential at the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Pepperdine Graduate School of Education.