School Leadership

Lindsey Rojas
Interim Principal

Lindsey Rojas is excited to bring her knowledge and expertise as a teacher and instructional leader to ensure that the students at Castellanos are prepared for a successful transition to middle school. As interim principal, Lindsey leads a dedicated team of teachers and support staff members who are committed to the school's mission of preparing students to graduate as bilingual, biliterate agents of social change.

Lindsey started her education career teaching middle school English Language Arts in South L.A. She also was a literacy coach and a director of instruction. In these roles, she coached teachers, supporting and developing them to incorporate literacy in all content areas. Lindsey has experience in testing administration, summer school administration, data-driven instruction, curriculum selection, and targeted student interventions.

Lindsey is a lifelong learner who likes to attend school herself. She earned her undergraduate degree in American Literature and Culture from the University of California, Los Angeles, a teaching credential in Single Subject English from California State University, Long Beach, and a master's degree in Educational Leadership with a preliminary administrative credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Lindsey also studied at the University of Washington, Orange Coast College, and the University of Minnesota.

Berenice Mendoza
Assistant Principal

Berenice Mendoza is responsible for coaching and supporting teachers in classroom management, curriculum, instructional strategies, school and community routines and expectations, and other aspects of teaching and learning. She joined Camino Nuevo Charter Academy as a teacher. She has worked in education for over 20 years, including 10 years as a teacher. On her spare time Berenice enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Berenice earned her undergraduate degree in child development from California State University, Los Angeles and a master's degree in education from the University of Phoenix. Most recently, she attended California State University, Dominguez Hills where she earned a second master's degree in educational leadership with a preliminary administrative credential. Berenice also studied at the University of California, Riverside where she earned a bilingual cross-cultural, language and academic development certificate.  

AP Student SupportsNathalie Umana
Assistant Principal of Student Supports

As the assistant principal of student supports, Nathalie oversees the development and execution of a robust plan to align instructional practices and school programs to a whole child approach that builds a strong foundation for student achievement. Nathalie joined Camino Nuevo in July 2019, after having served as a program manager of Community Schools in the Oakland Unified School District for three years. 

Nathalie started her career in education as an afterschool tutor for LA's B.E.S.T. She has worked as a teacher's assistant, a one-on-one assistant, and served as a Jumpstart Americorps Corps Member. She began her teaching career as a Teach for America Corps Member, where she taught first grade in Camden, New Jersey. Nathalie has also worked for the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) as a school support program coordinator, facilitating cross-district collaboration among eight California school districts and implementing an innovative, comprehensive school improvement and accountability system.

Nathalie earned her undergraduate degree in liberal studies from San Francisco State University and a masters from the University of Pennsylvania.

Yesenia Rivas
Student & Family Services Coordinator
Yesenia Rivas- Hernandez is the liaison between the school and the families on our campus. Prior to joining the leadership team at the Jose Castellanos Campus, she worked for Youth Policy Institute for nine years. There she developed a passion for working with children and families as a tutor, serving students in the Pacoima and San Fernando area. Later she worked as an after-school site coordinator, coaching and supervising staff and working in aspects of compliance, budget management, and parent relations. Yesenia graduated with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from California State University, Northridge.