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.

Amber Green
 
Amber Green
Assistant Principal

Amber Green is the Assistant Principal of Math and Science Instruction. As a secondary science educator with over 18 years of experience teaching STEM in both private and public schools, Ms. Green has also served as a mentor teacher, instructional coach and program coordinator at LAUSD, USC and UCLA. Born and raised by a single-mom in East San Jose where she attended K-12 public schools, she recognizes the impact of teachers on their students’ well-being and future trajectory. In that spirit, Ms. Green is committed to personalizing and improving the quality of education in urban schools. She believes that the gateway to educational equity and opportunity for students is in the preparation and support of teachers in implementing culturally responsive curriculum and building positive relationships with students and families.

 

Ms. Green earned a BA degree in Biological Anthropology from San Jose State University, a MSc degree in Paleopathology from Durham University, England, and a MA degree in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. She is currently a doctoral student completing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at UCLA.

 

Ashley Richardson
 
Ashley Richardson
School Programs Dean

Ashley Richardson hails from Rockford, Illinois where she was born and raised. She attended undergraduate school at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where she earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism. She moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to attend graduate school at UCLA where she studied Afro-American studies and public policy, with a specific interest in the prison industrial complex and the mass incarceration of people of color. While at UCLA her young adult life took an unexpected turn when she discovered a passion for teaching while working as a graduate research assistant. After leaving UCLA, she taught GED at a Los Angeles County juvenile probation camp before moving on to Learning Works Charter School, a dropout recovery program designed to help at-risk and in-crisis youth navigate the obstacles that often impede their educational attainment. During her nearly 10-year tenure at Learning Works, she taught 12th grade English and served as the site lead of the school’s satellite location in Boyle Heights. The indelible footprints of her former students will forever remain on her heart, and she is most humbled by the opportunity she was given to serve them. Ms. Richardson is excited to have joined the Camino family, where she looks forward to new opportunities to grow and develop, as she continues her journey as an educational leader and agent of change. She plans to return to school within the next year to pursue a Master’s of Public Administration.

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Tanya Castro
Family Coordinator

Tanya Castro first joined the CNCA Leadership team at Jane B. Eisner Middle School as the Operations Coordinator in July of 2015 and later transitioned as the Student and Family Services Coordinator. As of October 2018, Ms. Castro joined the Leadership team at Dalzell Lance High School and continues to focus her work in parent & community engagement by deepening and strengthening partnerships with families around all aspects of their children's educational lives through . She has had over 10 years of experience working in education starting in Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles. For six years, Ms. Castro served as an Assistant Director at A+ Educational Centers which offered free tutoring to students in Southern California under the No Child Left Behind Act. Ms. Castro then joined WAYS Charter School for four years and departed as the Interim Director of Operations in June 2015. She is passionate about providing students and families opportunities for success and advocates for their needs.

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