Our Staff

About Our Founding School Leader

Mara BondPrior to founding KIPP Iluminar Academy, Mara was Dean at KIPP Raíces Academy in East Los Angeles. She was introduced to KIPP as a founding member of the KIPP Raíces kindergarten team in 2008, and after two years of teaching kindergarten she then went on to become a founding second grade teacher.

Prior to working at KIPP Raíces, Mara worked at Wilshire Private School and was named teacher of the year in 2008. Mara received her B.A. in Spanish from Bard College in 2005 and her teaching credential from the University of Saint Thomas as a Teach For America corps member in 2005. In 2012, Mara received her Masters in Educational Administration.

Outside of education Mara loves to look for sea turtles in coral reefs and play soccer. She is thrilled that she has the opportunity to found a school in Los Angeles, and she aspires to make it a place where students can fearlessly pursue their passions.

Teachers and Staff

 Kindergarten

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Mara Bond School Leader Send an Email
Tania Hernandez Assistant Principal Send an Email
Rachel Cashmere Dean Send an Email
Katelyn Johnson Instructional Support Coordinator

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Jasmin Lopez Business Operations Manager Send an Email
Maria Torres Registrar Send an Email
Cynthia Avila Office Associate Send an Email
Rosio Mendoza Receiptionist

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Nayeli Quintana-Alcala Second Grade Teacher Send an Email
Kimberly Vega Kindergarten Teacher Send an Email
Destini Stebbins Kindergarten Teacher Send an Email
Melinda Warren Kindergarten Teacher Send an Email
Alejandra Cabrera Kindergarten Teacher

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Nancy Romero Kindergarten Teacher

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Guillermo Fernandez Instructional Assistant Send an Email
Wendy Montenegro Instructional Assistant Send an Email
Victoria Gutierrez Instructional Assistant Send an Email
Tania Campos Instructional Assistant Send an Email
Daniela Torres K/1st Appre

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Christina Sobrepena First Grade Teacher Send an Email
Shadi Seyedyousef First Grade Teacher Send an Email
Chelsea Rohrbach First Grade Teacher

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Shadi Seyedyousef First Grade Teacher Send an Email
Nidia Valle First Grade Teacher

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Stephanie Perez Second Grade Teacher Send an Email
Nayeli Alcala Second Grade Teacher

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Katherine Kim Second Grade Teacher

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Brittany Rush Second Grade Teacher Send an Email
Jose Martinez 2nd/3rd Apprentice Teacher

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Mercedes Jimenez Third Grade Teacher Send an Email
Evelyn Rosero Third Grade Teacher Send an Email
Jackelyn Rivera

Third Grade Teacher

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Natalie Chan Third Grade Teacher Send an Email
Sophie Meuch Fourth Grade Teacher

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Jake Sands Fourth Grade Teacher

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Tyler Ward Fourth Grade Teacher

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Stephanie Rivera Fourth Grade Teacher

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John Hernandez 4th Apprentice Teacher

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Leo Montano Art Teacher

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Gabriela Barrera Spanish Teacher

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Celestine Denson Dance Teacher Send an Email
Scout Wodehouse Theatre Teacher

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Christa Camilleri Music Teacher

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