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Mrs. Robles Magnet Coordinator/ Instructional Coach

My educational philosophy is deeply rooted in the belief that all learning is rooted in relationships.  If you have connections to your students and their families, you can do anything!   I am proud to be part of an amazing team of educators at Roybal-Allard ES. We actually wrote the plan for this school and imagined the absolute best place to educate students.  How lucky are we to have been able to create it!  I got my BA from UCLA and Masters from CSUF. I am Nationally Board Certified in Literacy and was awarded Teacher of the Year for LAUSD in 2017.  Join us at LRA for the greatest educational experience talented educators can provide.


· Educational Technology integration

· Social justice

· Making learning fun and culturally responsive

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Ms. Barajas | Fourth Grade Teacher

The core of my educational philosophy is belief that all students are learners who are capable of meeting and exceeding their own goals and expectations. Instruction isn’t a “one size fits all” approach because students learn via different modalities. I believe that my students needs are what drives my instruction, and I am always willing to adapt my practices. It is my goal to provide a classroom environment that is positive, welcoming, and nurturing to all learners. In my classroom we all work together to achieve high expectations. I also believe that a student’s success is the direct result of a joint effort between students, parents, teachers, and all school staff. For this reason I believe in forming a strong relationship with my students, their families, and the community.  


California State University Long Beach: Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and Minor in Spanish

Chapman University: Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Masters Degree in Teaching

National Board Certified Teacher: Literacy: Reading & Language Arts

Passionate About:

  • Supporting my students’ educational growth as they discover new learning.

  • Inspiring my students to always strive to be the best that they can be in anything that they set their mind to do.

  • Guiding my students in becoming passionate lifelong learners

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Ms. Cortez First Grade Teacher

My educational philosophy is centered around creating a safe and stimulating environment where all students can grow academically, mentally, emotionally and socially. I believe that students thrive when they feel safe in their environment. They learn to take risks and take control of their learning so that they grow to meet their full potential. I also believe in working together with parents to best meet our students’ needs. I find value in building these relationships with parents because I know they will benefit my students interests. In the classroom I am committed to providing students with opportunities that lead to learning by developing engaging lessons where they have access to hands-on learning material and projects. They will have numerous opportunities to practice skills and incorporate the use of technology into their day. Ultimately, it is my hope that in doing all of these things, I will inspire students to love learning and become life-long learners. I received my BA from CSULB, my Masters from Chapman University and I am Nationally Board Certified in Literacy. 

What I am passionate about

  • Sparking student curiosity

  • Social Justice

  • Making learning fun, engaging and culturally diverse.

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Ms. Gonzalez | Fifth Grade Teacher

My educational philosophy is that all students deserve a place to learn that gives them a sense of community and belonging. I intend to create a space for my students to be able to collaborate and communicate their ideas as they continue to become proficient and productive students who have empathy for others. I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a degree in Child Development. 

I am passionate about: 

  • CGI Math

  • Using technology as a tool to support instruction

  • Social Justice


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Ms. Rendon | Second Grade Teacher

My name is Maribel Rendon, and I’ve been a teacher in LAUSD for 21 years.  I will start by telling you a little bit about who I am. I was raised in Los Angeles, California.  As a child, I attended LAUSD and graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara.  I obtained my teaching credential from National University.  In the summer of 2008, I completed a Masters program: MA in Educational Administration, Educational Leadership from California State University, Los Angeles.  I earned National Board Certification (an advanced teaching credential):  Class of   2013.  Prior to Lucille-Allard Roybal Elementary I taught at Miles Magnet Elementary and I was the Magnet coordinator for 3 years.  

     As a teacher, I understand and strongly believe that all students are individuals who come with their own personalities and styles of learning. This way of thinking is embedded into my teaching and I use it to teach academic skills such as reading, writing, math, science, and technology. Differentiated instruction is used in my classroom to have all students reach their highest potential.

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Mr. Menchaca | Third Grade Teacher

I believe a good education is a right. An education should include the traditional subjects, such as reading, writing, math, and science, but it should also go beyond those and make you curious, inquisitive, and critical. It has the potential to open your eyes and to help you to forge your own way.  Education & Awards: BA in Political Science from UCLA, Multiple Subject Credential from CSULA, MA in Education from CSUN, National Board Certified Teacher in Early Literacy

 The three things I am most passionate about:

  • working to inspire students to love books
  • enjoy math 
  • integrate technology to enhance learning.

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