Don Anderson Jr.
Vice President & Program Director
Don is an artist.
President & Project Director
Jim is a writer.
Angel was born and raised in South Los Angeles. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in English from Mount St. Mary’s College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree and her CA Preliminary Single Subject Credential in Mathematics from Pepperdine University. Angel has over ten years working with children and youth and has a true passion for teaching and giving back to her community. In the future, she hopes to become a principal. Ms. Angel works with our 4th & 5th grade students.
Ana lives in the community near Strive. Ana has been working at Strive for 3 years. She is currently attending El Camino College and is majoring in Liberal Studies. She plans on transferring to Cal State Long Beach where she will pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and a CA Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics. Ms. Ana works with our 1st and 2nd grade students.
Susana was born, raised & still lives in the community near Strive. Susana has been working at Strive for 3 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English & Psychology from the University of California, Davis and recently completed her CA Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential from California State University, Long Beach. In the near future, Susana hopes to pursue a Master of Arts in Education or Social Work and continue working with children & youth in South Los Angeles. Ms. Susana works with our remedial 3rd grade students.
Tatiana is also local and has at close to 10 younger siblings and extended family attending Strive. Tatiana has been consistently working at Strive for 4 years. Tatiana is currently attending ITT Tech. Institute in Culver City. Ms. Tatiana is earning a degree in Computer Networking. She is also taking Early Childhood Education courses to better equip her with the knowledge and skills needed to work with young students. Ms. Tatiana leads our Cottage classroom which houses our 1st & 2nd grade students.
My name is Jaime Lopez, I came to the United States when I was six years old but I have lived most of my life in South Los Angeles. I am currently attending California State University Los Angeles, majoring in Computer Science. My goal is for one day to be able to conduct research on Autism via Artificial Intelligence. I not only love to read fiction novels but I am working on one of my own. I hope to one day be able to understand the thoughts of my brother who is autistic.
I am proud to be able to serve my community by helping the youth to strive higher than what is expected of them. In school many of the classrooms are overcrowded, making it hard for students to receive the attention that they deserve and obtain a good perspective of their education. Also, the lack of support to help them understand their academics leads to many of them give up and dropping out of school, further contributing to the negative image of South L.A. But it gives me great joy to help students excel in their academics and provide them with an environment that will help them stay out of the streets and instead become excellent contributors to society. I believe every student has an opportunity to become the leaders of tomorrow and I am here to assist them in any way possible.
“Don’t just dream of success, Strive for success”
Julio also lives in the community near Strive. Julio has been working consistently at Strive for 4 years. He is currently attending California State University, Los Angeles where he is completing his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Education. After graduation, Julio plans to pursue a CA Single Subject Credential in History. Mr. Julio currently works with our 4th & 5th grade students.
I graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors in Social Science with an emphasis on Education. Being the first in my family to attend and graduate college was an eye-opening experience. It was a very difficult journey but I learned that anything worth having is worth fighting for.