Carla Anda is the current school counselor at LFCSA and has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families from diverse backgrounds. Carla received her B.S from the University of La Verne where she studied psychology. After finishing her undergraduate studies, Carla decided to pursue her passion with working with children and enrolled in graduate school. She received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of La Verne. After she graduated, she worked with foster and probation age youth as a clinical therapist in a group home. Carla then decided to pursue another graduate degree in school counseling and received her Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the University of Redlands in order to be a school counselor. She is passionate about working with children and creating a safe and positive environment that fosters growth. She enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with her family, friends, and dog Minnie.
Blanca Angeles is a fun person. She loves long walks, soccer, and ice cream but it can’t be choclate. She likes to be a strong leader in education. From arts to math, as long as it’s about education, she is on top of it. To add on, Blanca is studying to become an elementary teacher in the future so she loves and i mean loves to work with kids. Her fiery passion for education is what makes her work hard and teach above and beyond.
Jackie has been working in school settings for 9 years.This is her second year here at LFCSA as a RTI instructor and she’s had a great experience working here. One thing she looks forward to everyday is working with children and teachers. She is a fun and loving person! She is the mom of a 12 year old girl and a 4 year old boy and they are her biggest joy. She has been married for 12 years and counting. When she is not at work, Jackie really enjoys being home spending time with family and friends. She has a BA in Psychology and plans to obtain her Masters Degree in Child Development in the near future.
Stephanie (Steph) is a graduate of Pacific Oaks College with a Master’s degree in Human Development. She is passionate about creating an atmosphere of excitement around learning for all students and encourages the exploration of multiple approaches to allow students of all learning styles access to knowledge. Her other passion is theater. She is a writer, performer, and producer with the Los Angeles based organization The Artists’ Collective and proudly serves on their board of directors. She hopes to one day form a theater program designed to allow children with learning differences to develop personally and creatively through the theatrical arts.
Chelsea is a new Resource Specialist Teacher at LFCSA this year. As an artist, educator and mother of two, she values interdisciplinary lessons and learning…. her life is interdisciplinary! She brings six years of success in collaborative designing and teaching of arts integrated curriculum, as well as a Masters of Education in Pupil and Curriculum Development and Social Justice Education. She has also served as a model teacher in positive behavior support in previous schools and look forward to continuing to learn and contribute in this area at LFCSA.
Intervention Coordinator/Special Education Coordinator
This is Silvia’s is my sixth year working at LFCSA. Both her and her husband are from Van Nuys, CA. They have a three year old daughter named Izzy. Things she enjoy outside of work are spending time with her family, theme parks like Disneyland, going to the park, and visiting her family in Idaho.
Cindy Portillo graduated from University of California Riverside with a BA in Media and Cultural Studies. She has been working with children for the past 5 years. Prior to LFCSA, she worked in a group home as a counselor, tutored Math and English, and worked as a after school instructor for K-1. She enjoys working and laughing with children.
Karla Vega graduated from CSULA with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. This is her third year working for LFCSA and she is extremely excited to work with the RSP team this year. Outside of LFCSA she enjoy watching movies and spending time with her family. She has a nine month baby boy that always puts a smile on her face.
From a young age Ashley knew she wanted a career working as an educator. Helping raise siblings and other family members she has always had that passion to work with young children. While in high school she had her first ever job in an after school program, and, after she graduated, she started working in the educational field. Ashley has been at LFCSA for 5 years now. She has been a behavior intervention implementor, campus aide, Resource Specialist Paraprofessional, and, lastly, a Response to Intervention Specialist. During her free time she loves to be outdoors either in the water or dirt biking. She is excited to continue to inspire young minds and hope to have a positive impact on all children.