Ms. Rebecca Rodriguez enters her second year with us at LACPA and proudly takes the role of Executive Director for the 2022-2023 School Year. Last year she served as the Director of Learning and Decolonial Wellness where she focused on transforming school culture to one that centered students' well-being, love and joy. Prior to her work with Los Angeles College Prep Academy, Ms. Rodriguez was the founding Principal of Vox Collegiate, a high-performing charter middle school in South Los Angeles. There she worked with teachers and students to reimagine special education and english language services while securing mental health & wrap-around services for students. She integrated Restorative Justice circle practice, trauma-informed practices and applied educational neuroscience to support student expression and healing in turn advancing academic growth. Prior to Vox, Ms. Rodriguez held several leadership positions in the Camino Nuevo Charter School network as a founding history teacher, department chair, literacy lead, grade level lead, senior class advisor, and student government founder. She is also a New School Creation Fellow with the Center for Love & Justice at High Tech High San Diego. She believes reconnecting with our indigenous roots and creating spaces where students can connect with self, other and our land propel academic learning.
Ms. Rodriguez earned her B.A. in History and Sociology and a Masters in Education with a focus on secondary teaching from CSU Fullerton, Ms. Rodriguez grew up in Norwalk and Whittier and earned her high school diploma from California High School in Whittier. Her mother is from Sinaloa and her father from Chicago with roots in Mexico, and she is the baby of five who love to cook and dance!