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Staff Email Contact Information

Hello Mariner Families.  Thank you for your patience in these unique times.  Your and your family’s health and well-being are at the forefront of your minds and actions.  In the interest of maintaining the continuity of learning we are providing you with the email contact information for your teachers.  We hope that you find this helpful.

Hola, Familia Mariners.  Gracias por su pasiencias en estos tiempos tan dificultosos.  Su salud y el beinestar de su familia y la suya estan a la varguardia de sus mentes y acciones.  El interés de mantener la continuidad del aprendizaje, le proporcionamos la informaciόn de contacto por correo electrόnico de sus maestros.  Esperamos que le sea util.

Dawn MittlemanDawn Mittleman, Kinder Teacher
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I am Dawn Mittleman. I have been a teacher at Woodworth (Monroe) for 25 years. I'm a mom of 2 wonderful teens and I have taught grades K to 3rd. I am also a fitness enthusiast!

Karen Levi
Karen Levi, Kinder Teacher
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I have a B.A. degree from California State University Northridge, and a M.A. degree from California State University Dominguez Hills. I have taught all grades from TK to fifth and I have 25 years of teaching experience with the Inglewood Unified School District.

Thomas Orliczky
Thomas Orliczky, 1st Grade Teacher
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BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz
Teaching 16 years in Inglewood Unified School District
Married with 2 daughters

Lillian Diaz, 1st Grade Teacher
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Graduated with B.A from CSUDH
Multiple Subject Credential

Laura Thompson, 2nd Grade Teacher
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I’m from “Chi-Town.”  I’ve lived in Las Vegas and Arizona. This is my second school year in Inglewood, CA. I love the California Weather! Especially kayaking in the winter!  By the way, Derrick Rose was my 7th Grade Student in Chicago. For undergraduate school, I attended George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois. There, I earned a B A in Social Science. I studied education at Indiana University Bloomington. I earned my teacher certification in Downtown Chicago’s Columbia College Masters in the Art of Teaching Program. 

James Manning
James Manning, 2nd Grade Teacher
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Hello Mariner parents and community! My name is Mr. Manning and I teach second grade at Woodworth-Monroe TK-8 school.  I have been a teacher in the state of California for twenty-one years. I have been in the Inglewood District for 15 of those years.  I have taught mainly grades fourth through sixth. This is my second year in grade two.  I look forward to working with you to help get our students off to a good start in life and master the academic journey we will travel this year!

Nicole Lester-Jefferson
Nicole Lester-Jefferson, 3rd Grade Teacher
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Welcome to third grade! I'm Mrs. Jefferson and I look forwards to meeting you all. I've been an educator in IUSD for more then 20 years and I'm also a former student of Bennett-Kew, Monroe and Morningside High Alumni. I'm a wife and mother of a freshman in college and a high school junior . In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cycling, reading and traveling.

Pearl Branch-Jackson, 3rd Grade Teacher
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I am an I.U.S.D Alumna! I graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies/Sociology from CSUDH. I also received my Masters in Multicultural Education and Multiple Subject/CLAD Emphasis Teaching Credential from CSUDH as well. I've been teaching at Woodworth-Monroe for over two decades.

Laurinda Armstrong
Laurinda Armstrong, 4/5 Combo Teacher
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My name is Laurinda Armstrong. I have been teaching for 21 years in Inglewood, and one year in Torrance. I am a graduate of CSUDH (undergrad) and National University. Previously, I had a career in IT and advanced to a data processing management position. I am a product of the Inglewood Unified School District --attended Kew and Monroe, and graduated from MHS. I am a widowed mother of 4, with 3 grandchildren. I enjoy activities like singing, reading, sewing, walking, writing, composing, and playing word games, while remaining active in my church (virtually) with prayer groups and Bible scholars. I am also a member of my church choir and 2 other singing groups, one of which is a show chorus (Sweet Adelines). I became a teacher because I believe I have valuable experience and tons of encouragement to share with others. Teaching is such a fulfilling experience for me.

Mayra Kudron
Mayra Kudron, 5th Grade Teacher
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Hawthorne High Alumni
Received Undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies
Masters in Curricilum/ED. from CSUDH
20 years teaching
United States Army Veteran

Lashawnda Johnson
Lashawnda Johnson, 4/5 Combo Teacher
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Lashawnda Johnson is a proud IUSD Alumna, having attended Woodworth Elementary, Monroe Middle School, and Morningside High. She graduated with B.A in Liberal Studies/English from CSUDH, and earned her Teaching Credential and Masters in Education from University of Phoenix. Ms. Johnson has been teaching for 15 years!

Rosemary Okonkwo
Rosemary Okonkwo,
Moderate/Severe TK-1 Teacher
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BA Education/Geog. - University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
MBA - University of Wales, Cardiff.
Specialist Education, General Education Credential and Masters - National University, Los Angeles, CA.
Teaching Experience: 25 Years
Favorite Quote: "To teach is to touch a life forever"

Angela Nadozie
Angela Nadozie,
Moderate/Severe 2nd-3rd Teacher
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My name is Angela Nadozie and I am an educator. I am a mother of 3 adult children, enjoy dancing and staying joyful. I have been an educator for 20 years (8 years of substitute teaching and 12 years of fulltime teaching). I earned a B.Sc. degree in Geography major and Masters in Education Specialist. I have both multiple subject and education specialist teaching credentials. My entire teaching career has been with IUSD. My last 6 years and counting has been at Woodworth-Monroe. I truly love, enjoy, and passionate about teaching and working with students.

Nemesia Torres-Avery,
Moderate/Severe 4th-5th Teacher
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My name is Mrs. Nemesia Avery. I'm married. I graduated my Bachelor of Elementary Education at Foundation University, Dumaguete City, Philippines. Graduated my Master of Arts in Special Education at Saint Paul University, Dumaguete City, Philippines. I had 16 years teaching experience in the Philippines. This is my 19th year teaching special education at the same school here in the USA.

Demaurio Riley
Demaurio Riley, Elementary SDC Teacher
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I am a parent of a beautiful 15-year old daughter in 10th grade who currently has a 4.03 GPA and has never missed a day of school. That is my greatest accomplishment. At Woodworth-Monroe, I teach special education and my students are picking up computer skills very fast. I am very proud of them, also!

Julian Carrillo, 6th Grade Teacher
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24th year as an IUSD teacher.
Product of the Inglewood Unified School District, starting with 6th grade at Worthington Elementary and then graduating from Morningside High School in 1988.
Married 22 years with 3 children, 4 dogs, 2 cats and two guinea pigs.
Jorge CruzJorge Cruz, Secondary Math
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1st in my family to graduate from college.
Attended Lynwood Unified schools K - 12.
Proud born and raised Southern Californian and Mexican-American.
Believe strongly in improving learning and teaching conditions for ALL students and teachers.
Nicholas Raschilla, Secondary Math and Social Studies
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BA in History from CSU Dominguez Hills.
Master's in Ed. Middle School Math, History, & Multiple Subjects credentials.
Teaching 13 years

Viviene Campbell Herman
Viviene Campbell Herman, Secondary ELA Teacher
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I have been a teacher for 39 years. Twenty-four of those years have been at Woodworth-Monroe. I have a Teacher's Diploma from Shortwood Teacher's College, Kingston, Jamaica. I have a B.A. in English Literature from CSUDH. I also have a Masters of Arts in Multicultural Education from CSUDH.
Deborah Cherry
Deborah Cherry, Secondary ELA and EL
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Hello, my name is Deborah Cherry. I attended an All Girl Catholic High School and then went to UC San Diego, CSU Long Beach, CSU Dominguez Hills, and UCLA. I taught at a Catholic elementary school for over 20 years and Reading/English at Compton Community College for 15 years.
I have been with Inglewood USD for 14 years. I love to read, walk, travel, and spend time with my family! My husband, Al, is a retired basketball player, coach, and college counselor. I have 2 daughters (who are both teachers) and 4 adorable grandchildren! 🍒

Hola, mi nombre es Deborah Cherry. Asistí a una escuela secundaria All Girl Catholic y luego fui a UC San Diego, CSU Long Beach, CSU Dominguez Hills y UCLA. Enseñé en una escuela primaria católica durante más de 20 años y Lectura / Inglés en Compton Community College durante 15 años.
 Llevo 14 años en Inglewood USD. ¡Me encanta leer, caminar, viajar y pasar tiempo con mi familia! Mi esposo, Al, es un jugador de baloncesto, entrenador y consejero universitario retirado. ¡Tengo 2 hijas (que son maestras) y 4 adorables nietos! 🍒
Shanike Russell
Shanika Russell-Smith, Secondary Science Teacher/PLTW/MESA
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Teaching at Woodworth Monroe for 21 years.
BS, University of Southern California
Member of USC Women's Basketball Program MA, CSUDH
Girls Basketball Coach at Serra HS (2 time State Champion, 3 time CIF Champion)
I have 1 son
Victor Blanco
Victor Blanco, Secondary SDC
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Victor Blanco / Special Day Class Teacher (16 years W/M)
Master’s Degree Special Education (CSULA) Mild/ Mod. Level II Credential
Special Education Certification: Autism Authorization / EL Authorization
Bachelor’s Degree, Double Major (History / Education) (CSULA)
Graduate La Salle High School Pasadena CA.
Mr. Blanco was raised in Arcadia, CA.  He is the son of Cuban-American Immigrants. Married over 20 years, he resides in the Foothills of the SGV with his wife and two Pugs (Duke Leto & Duncan Idaho)

Sheila Heiman
Sheila Heiman, Moderate/Severe 6th Grade Teacher
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SDC Teacher M/S: Clear Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Severe
Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials, BA Degree in Liberal Studies
Undecided on Masters Degree in Special Education or Education Technology.
Have taught over 25 years and worked as a Teacher Assistant during the 70s and 80s.
Joseph Loverich, Secondary RSP Teacher
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Graduated from California State University, Northridge, Multiple Subjects Credential
Learning Handicapped Credential (LH) from California State University, Long Beach 
 Resource Specialist Credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills
 English Learner CLAD Certificate from San Diego State University 
 Served as a Director of Education for 14 years at a N.P.S. in Hawthorne
 35 years in Special Education  
 Board of Education Member in Manhattan Beach Unified School District
Celebrating 20th year at Monroe (Woodworth-Monroe)
Steven Rowe, 6th Grade SDC Teacher
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Stephen Rowe joined Inglewood Unified in 2004. He worked as a social studies and computer teacher at Warren Lane and Frank D. Parent Schools. In 2016 Mr. Rowe joined the Woodworth-Monroe team as an Education Specialist where he currently teaches 6th grade. Mr. Rowe earned his Bachelor’s Degree at California State University Long Beach. He completed his Master’s Degree and Teaching Credentials at California State University Dominguez Hills. Before his career in education, Mr. Rowe worked as a mechanic, photo journalist, and he was a military reservist.
Rosemary Tate
Rosemary Tate, Intervention Teacher
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My name is Rosemary Tate. I have taught in IUSD for over 30 years. This is my 2nd year at Woodworth Monroe as the Intervention Teacher. I am married and have 2 children

Stuart Caldwell

Stuart Caldwell, Principal

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I am now on my second year as principal at Woodworth-Monroe TK-8. This is my third principal-ship and I could not be happier or prouder of the work that our staff does daily to ensure high levels of student learning outcomes. Most importantly, as a collective, we are always striving to do better. Being a father myself I know just how challenging it is to keep our children focused on learning (especially during a pandemic). The WM community is coming through in fine style as we sail together on this Virtual Learning Voyage. I know from personal experience that the two most challenging jobs in the world are being a parent and being a teacher. These are also the most rewarding jobs. The great news is that we have wonderful teachers, amazing students and truly supportive and involved parents. As principal I could not ask for more than that.


Alyssa O'Grady

Dr. Alyssa O'Grady, Assistant Principal

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Graduated with BA from Occidental College

Masters and Admin Credential from CSUN

Doctorate from UCLS

5 years as a teacher

4th year as an Assistant Principal


Erica Willis

Erica Willis, Office Manager

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I have been working in education since the age of 13. I have always had a passion for working with children, whether in the classroom or in the office. Service is my driving force! I have been with Inglewood Unified since May 2019, and I am so proud to be a part of the Mariner family! 


Harriet Stewart

Harriet Stewart, Clerk Typist (Attendance and Records)

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My name is Harriett Stewart. I been living in California for 26 years, originally from Montgomery, Alabama. My passion and love for kids is what has kept me on my path to work in the school system for almost two decades. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family watching movies, boating, and bowling with my two sons. I also enjoy self-care by roller blading, walking, hanging with my girlfriend and having some me time because this keep me with positive vibes.



Eve Domacena, School Counselor

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Eve has been a school counselor for Inglewood Unified school District as well as the school counselor for Woodworth-Monroe since 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Masters of Arts degree in Education (School Counseling), and Pupil Personnel Services credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is a member of the Leadership Team, AVID Team, and PBIS Team at Woodworth-Monroe. Eve enjoys working with students, parents, teachers, and administrators. As a school counselor, she is committed to helping students in the areas of academic achievement, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and become productive, well-adjusted members of society. When she's not working, Eve likes to spend time with her family.


Kenmoria Woodson
Kenmoria Woodson, Community Liaison

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My name is Kenmoria Woodson, and I am married to the most wonderful man in the world of 24 years. I am the proud mother of three children, and I have an adorable one-year-old grandson. I am a 20-year employee, and I currently work as a Community Liaison at Woodworth-Monroe. My job is to bridge the gap between home and school, and I really enjoy my job.



Gladys Franklin
Gladys Franklin, Instructional Assistant, Special Needs
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I have been a resident of Southern California for 50 years. I am a widow with 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren. Currently, I am an Instructional Assistant, Special Needs. This is my 6th School year at Woodworth Elementary (Woodworth-Monroe Academy). I service students in the Resource Specialist Program. I have a versatile educational and employment background covering several domains: Social Services, Finance, Business development, and Ecclesia. I have mentored children and adults in my community and local church since 1987 and it has been a great opportunity to develop leadership and teaching skills in my role of encourager, supporter, and minister.
LaToya Walker
LaToya Walker, 7th and 8th Grade SDC Instructional Aide
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I have worked here at Woodworth Monroe since 2015 for 7th and 8th grade special education, which has been so fun but challenging at times. I love seeing these students accomplished their goals and meet their graduation requirements each year, but what puts a huge smile on my face is just seeing these magnificent students happy and safe. My everyday motivation is my own two sons , they attend Norwalk High School in  9th and 11th grade . Jalen has decided to have a career Culinary Arts , my future Chef. Jakhari has decided to become a teacher . I’m super proud mommy . As for myself I plan to continue to give back to my community and be a continuous example for my sons.
Lucy Camarena
Lucy Camarena, Program Aide III/Clerk 
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I've been working for Woodworth Monroe 6 years, as a Program Aide.
Veronica Coronel, Teacher's Assistant, SDC
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Hi I'm V. Coronel, I've been working here at Woodworth Monroe for 14yrs as a Special Education assistant and 12yrs as a Bus Monitor. I LOVE my job!
Azucena Santana, RSP Paraprofessional
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My name is Azucena Santana. I'm an RSP paraprofessional. I enjoy assisting the RSP team and students very much. I'm married with 2 wonderful sons. I'm an adventurous person who enjoys hiking, beach walks, and spending quality time with family.
Wendy Gomez, SH Instructional Aide
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Hello My name is Ms. Wendy Gomez. 
I am a SH instructional aide here at Woodworth. I love my job and love teaching our students. Education is my passion. 
Morena Lagos, Data Processor
Jacqueline Celis, School Safety Assistant