Meet the Team

Meet our team

Elementary School Leadership

Dr. Maureen Lamorena-Tatsui

Principal, Grades TK-5

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mtatsui@cwcsilverlake.org

A So Cal native and UCLA grad, Dr. Maureen knew she wanted to become an educator after her experiences as an assistant director at UCLA’s Samahang Pilipino Advancing Community Empowerment (S.P.A.C.E.) program, where she counseled students at Marshall High School. It was through her work in the SPACE program and in UCLA’s Community Programs Office that Maureen became passionate about issues of educational inequality and social justice.

Dr. Maureen joined Teach for America (TfA) and taught summer school in the Bronx, New York. In the fall of that year, she was assigned to teach 2nd grade at Dickison elementary school in Compton, CA, where she continued teaching for nine more years. While in Compton, Maureen served multiple leadership and teacher training roles.

Dr. Maureen earned her M.A. degree in elementary education and her multiple subjects credential from Loyola Marymount University. She completed her Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate University.

For many years, she has been a hula practitioner, learning, studying, and performing traditional and modern forms of Hawaiian dance and chant. In her free time, she loves cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband Tim and their son Max (though not necessarily in that order).

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Emily Beecher

Assistant Principal, Grades TK-5

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emily.beecher@cwcsilverlake.org

In her 15+ years in education, Ms. Emily has worked in classrooms from TK to 8th Grade. She is dedicated to creating a safe and connected environment for students, families, and staff.

While earning her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Whittier College, Ms. Emily served as an elementary literacy tutor and there cemented her longstanding commitment to education. Before becoming a teacher, Ms. Emily worked for BookEnds, facilitating student-led book drives to build classroom libraries, but she could not escape the desire for her own classroom. Ms. Emily received her masters of education and teaching credential from UCLA. During that time, she also found her home here at CWC Silver Lake.

As a CWC SL Founding Staff member, Ms. Emily helped build the staff and student culture we know and continue to develop today. She has led our 2nd Grade and 5th Grade teams, facilitating learning through a constructivist approach with an eye on socially-just practices and real-world application. Passionate about people and potential, Ms. Emily is excited to promote growth and belonging by working to ensure that all students, families, and staff, are seen and heard.

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Sergio Garcia

Director of School Culture and Social Emotional Learning, Grades TK-5

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sergio.garcia@cwcsilverlake.org

A native Angeleno, Mr. Sergio has been involved in education for over 10 years. While holding multiple odd jobs, he consistently tutored students throughout high school and college. Upon earning his TESOL certification, Mr. Sergio taught Spanish at a preschool in Pasadena before becoming an intervention teacher at a charter school in Mid-City, Los Angeles. While there he had the opportunity to lead his own 3rd grade classroom. Mr. Sergio quickly realized that he enjoyed working within education and helping students grow academically and socio-emotionally.

Mr. Sergio joined CWC Silver Lake as a Teacher’s Associate, working with various grade levels, and serving as Lead TA. He joined the Leadership Team as the interim Director of Social Emotional Learning and Latino Projects Coordinator before becoming Director of School Culture and Social Emotional Learning. Currently, he oversees the Teacher Associate team and works with the rest of the leadership team to establish and maintain a positive school culture for all.

Mr. Sergio is passionate about student’s personal growth and making sure that they are learning in an environment that fosters connections. He actively engages students through play to teach social emotional skills and strives to create an inclusive environment where students welcome others different from them. He also empowers students to be leaders by helping them reflect on their actions and their role within the community. In his free time, Mr. Sergio enjoys watching movies, reading classic literature and comic books, and finding new places to eat around LA. 

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Itzel Ceniceros

School Operations Manager, Grades TK-5

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itzel.ceniceros@cwcsilverlake.org

Bio coming soon!

Learn more about Ms. Itzel’s favorite things here!

Student Programs + Operations

Martha Salazar

ASP Site Coordinator, Grades TK-8

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Maira Ayala

Office Associate, Grades TK-5

Gisela Martinez

Community Coordinator, TK-5

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Mariela Pascual

Data Coordinator, Grades TK-5

Elementary Teaching Teams

TK/Kindergarten Team

Dana Pierfelice

Dana Pierfelice

TK Lead Teacher

Santa Roman

Santa Roman

Teaching Associate

Ly Bui

Ly Bui

TK Lead Teacher

Savannah Elcock

Savannah Elcock

Teaching Associate

Emma Mansour

Emma Mansour

Lead Teacher

Jay Bello

Jay Bello

Teaching Associate

Jafeny Cobian

Jafeny Cobian

Lead Teacher

Adriana Gonzalez

Adriana Gonzalez

Teaching Associate

Rose Lyn Castro

Rose Lyn Castro

Lead Teacher

Melissa Sandoval

Melissa Sandoval

Teaching Associate

1st Grade Team

Candee Edgar

Candee Edgar

Lead Teacher

David Luu

David Luu

Lead Teacher

Karly Smith

Karly Smith

Lead Teacher

2nd Grade Team

Charlotte Cook

Charlotte Cook

Lead Teacher

Hannah Pagliaroli

Hannah Pagliaroli

Lead Teacher

Patricia Alvarez

Patricia Alvarez

Lead Teacher

Darlene Centeno

Darlene Centeno

Teaching Associate

Samantha Avalos-Martinez

Samantha Avalos-Martinez

Teaching Associate

3rd Grade Team

Audrey Moningka

Audrey Moningka

Lead Teacher

Kirsten Bennett

Kirsten Bennett

Lead Teacher

Martín Mumm

Martín Mumm

Lead Teacher

Janely Gonzalez

Janely Gonzalez

Teaching Associate

Joshua Alcaraz

Joshua Alcaraz

Teaching Associate

4th Grade Team

Aydhee Carrera

Aydhee Carrera

Lead Teacher

Jessica De La Torre

Jessica De La Torre

Lead Teacher

Linda Gallardo

Linda Gallardo

Lead Teacher

Niki Barraza

Niki Barraza

Lead Teacher

Cenobia Chimil

Cenobia Chimil

Teaching Associate

5th Grade Team

Brittany Jefferson

Brittany Jefferson

Lead Teacher

Julia Pledl

Julia Pledl

Lead Teacher

Shannon Meadows

Shannon Meadows

Lead Teacher

Abigail Mondragon

Abigail Mondragon

Teaching Associate

Jacob Sampson

Jacob Sampson

Teaching Associate

 Specials Team

Karina Aragon

Karina Aragon

Art Teacher (TK-2nd)

Scotlyn Kent

Scotlyn Kent

Art Teacher (3rd-5th)

Special Education Team

Monica Martinez

Monica Martinez

RSP Teacher

Nathaly Cañas

Nathaly Cañas

RSP Teacher

Leslie Gastelum

Leslie Gastelum

Speech & Language Pathologist Associate

Mariah Harvey

Mariah Harvey

Counselor

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Andy Gonzalez

Andy Gonzalez

Behavior Intervention Implementer

Internal Substitute Team

Naomy Memije

Naomy Memije

Resident Substitute

Stephanie Serrano

Stephanie Serrano

Teaching Associate/ASP Mentor

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