Profile of an educator: Brenda Pensamiento, learning to dream one mile at a time

Profile of an educator: Brenda Pensamiento, learning to dream one mile at a time

Above, Hamilton High principal Brenda Pensamiento, walks the halls with leadership student Usbaldo Ramirez-Perez. Not long after her third child was born, Hamilton Senior High School principal Brenda Pensamiento recalls running her first marathon. “Before that I was...
Class of 2017 Spotlight: Grit and support propel this English learner to Grant High valedictorian

Class of 2017 Spotlight: Grit and support propel this English learner to Grant High valedictorian

The goal of L.A. Unified is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to graduate prepared for college, career and life. As we near the end of the school year, we are featuring stories about some of the outstanding members of the Class of 2017. The blockbuster...
Class of 2017 spotlight: Narbonne grad follows her mother’s advice to a career defending her country’s honor

Class of 2017 spotlight: Narbonne grad follows her mother’s advice to a career defending her country’s honor

Roysha Rowland remembers her mother suggesting for years that she join the U.S. military after high school. Roysha resisted the message, practically turning a deaf ear to the idea, until starting 11th grade. Having reached a tipping point by then, the message sank in,...
Heartfelt letters to their parents win top awards for RFK Visual Arts and Humanities students

Heartfelt letters to their parents win top awards for RFK Visual Arts and Humanities students

Above, Eugene Kwon and Maria Isabel Decolongon compete in the finals of the annual Letter to My Parents Contest. The two students from RFK’s School for the Visual Arts and Humanities won top honors for their entries. Their stories are of abandonment and...
Wilbur students learn about social studies – and themselves – through Ancestor Project

Wilbur students learn about social studies – and themselves – through Ancestor Project

Above, students in Ellen Stein’s class at Wilbur Charter for Enriched Academics dress up as their ancestors, in costumes representing their heritage. Reaching across continents and generations, students at an affiliated charter school  in Tarzana are learning...