Leadership

 
Lawrence Boone
Principal

Larry Boone has over 20 years of experience as an educator. He has held teaching and administrative positions in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. In 2018, he was named principal of Dalzell Lance High School. Previously, he oversaw the restructuring and revitalization of a high school in San Diego that struggled with declining enrollment and low student achievement. Mr. Boone, who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, is a firm believer that every neighborhood should have great schools. When he was a teen, his mother insisted that he and his sister ride the bus for more than an hour-and-a-half every day to attend safe, high-quality schools in the San Fernando Valley. Mr. Boone completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and became a teacher. He taught middle and high school English, humanities, health, and physical education. He also coached football, track, and cross-country. Mr. Boone has masters’ degrees from Pepperdine University and the Principal Leadership Institute at UCLA.

 
Chris Miller
Assistant Principal
Christopher Miller started his career in education in 2008 with P.U.C. Schools, a charter school network in East Los Angeles, teaching 10th and 11th-grade history. He was with P.U.C. for three years before transitioning to Camino Nuevo as the K-8 physical education instructor at the Harvard campus, now the Kayne Siart campus. In 2011, Mr. Miller was accepted to the Charter and Autonomous Schools Leadership Academy, a progressive new program funded by the federal government that seeks to develop and create aspiring charter school leaders. During this intensive year-long program, he earned a master's degree in educational administration from California State University at Dominguez Hills. He now serves as an assistant principal at the Dalzell Lance High School. Mr. Miller graduated from California State University Long Beach with a bachelor's degree in modern world and United States history in 2006. He and his wife Erin have a beautiful daughter named Cora.
 
Wesley Ellis
Assistant Principal
As the dean of culture at Dalzell Lance High School, Wesley Ellis leads efforts to build and maintain a strong, positive, achievement-oriented school culture. He creates behavior systems and supports staff in addressing the needs of students, ensuring that students are always engaged and contribute to the learning experience in the classroom. Mr. Ellis is also responsible for organizing culturally enriching field trips and service learning trips that expand student's horizons and provide meaningful opportunities for students to give back to the Los Angeles community. Prior to becoming a leader at Camino Nuevo, Mr. Ellis was a high school English teacher at the Columbus City School in Ohio. He also was the chair of the school's language arts department and an instructional coach.Mr. Ellis completed a bachelor's degree in education at Bowling Green State University, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction at Ohio Dominican University, and has plans to pursue doctoral studies in educational leadership.
 
 
Margarita Landeros
Lead College Counselor
As the lead college counselor at Dalzell Lance High School, Margarita Landeros is responsible for building a college-going culture and supporting students and families through the college application process. She also works closely with college and community partners across the country. Prior to joining Camino Nuevo, Ms. Landeros was a program coordinator for Upward Bound, a college preparatory program that provides high school students academic assistance, educational and career guidance and cultural enrichment activities. She also worked for Rio Hondo College as an educational advisor through the Educational Partnerships and Outreach Office, where she supported high school students in El Monte. Ms. Landeros has worked in the field of college counseling for over 10 years and serves on various scholarship committees to support undocumented students attain higher education. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and completed graduate coursework at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has a master's degree in school counseling from the University of Southern California and a doctorate in educational leadership, administration and policy from Pepperdine University.