Jim Tetreau
Founder & Project Director

Jim is a writer.

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Don Anderson Jr.
Co-Founder & Program Director

Don is an artist.

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Cynthia Martinez
Academic Coordinator

Cynthia recently graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills, with a BA in Liberal Studies.  She is currently pursuing her multi-subject teaching credential also at Dominguez Hills.  Cynthia directs testing and assessment, and guides our teaching staff.  With nine years of experience teaching at Strive, she helps train new staff and supports their efforts in the classroom.

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Ana Alyce Cervantes
Grants & Development

Ana received her bacherlor of science degree in kinesiology from California State University, Long Beach and is an artist.  Ana has worked at Strive since 2015 and loves the magical place and "playground for the mind" that Strive is for the children of our community. She works with Project Director Jim Tetreau to prepare grants and secure funds for the program.  Ana also teaches art classes and manages our website.

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Guadalupe Guatemala
Lead Instructor

Guadalupe has received her associate degree in natural sciences, and is working on transferring to UCLA for her bachelor's in biology. She has worked as a tutor for the past two years with children from K-12 all over LA County and has seen first hand the need for places like Strive- a safe, healthy loving and structural facility where kids not only get help with their homework but also learn valuable life lessons.
"I feel honored to work for Strive"

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Natalia Ramos
Lead Instructor

Natalia graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She also received a concentration for her degree in Intercultural Studies while she interned in Ecuador. There, she taught English to elementary and high school students, and had the opportunity to teach children in the rural areas of the Amazon Jungle. Outside of Strive, she travels and explores as often as she can, and enjoys being outdoors. Natalia is grateful to be at Strive, and hopes to learn as much from her students as they learn from her.

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Tatiana Hernandez
Lead Instructor

Tatiana is also local and has almost 10 younger siblings and extended family attending Strive.  Tatiana has been working at Strive since 2009.  Tatiana is currently attending ITT Technical Institute in Culver City and 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.  

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Addison Tippitt
Lead Instructor

Addison graduated from Point Loma with a BA in Psychology. She moved to South Korea in 2016 to teach English for a year. The experience sparked her passion for travel, teaching, and connecting with people from all walks of life. Addison believes every individual deserves an opportunity to flourish, and she is grateful to be a part of that mission at Strive. 

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Matt Anthony
Lead Instructor

Matt is currently enrolled in USC's graduate post-baccalaureate pre-medical program and intends to pursue medical school and a career as a pediatric oncologist upon completion. He previously attended Arizona State University from 2009-2013 and graduated with degrees in Public Policy and Urban/Metropolitan Studies. Matt is passionate about helping young people and staunchly believes in not being defined by your circumstances. When not teaching at Strive or being a student himself at USC, Matt enjoys the Lakers, rock climbing, documentaries, and being outside as much as he can. He considers himself extremely fortunate to work with the students at Strive and help them realize their potential. 

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Mallary McCauley
Lead Instructor

Mallary graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She has always known she wanted to work with teenagers who were facing challenges in their lives. Mallary, who grew up with similar challenges as the students at Strive, is a strong believer in the saying, “You are not defined by your circumstances”, one of Strives’ favorite quotes. She considers herself to be a product of a team of caring people investing in her. Her individual choices sprouted from their good modeling and belief in her. Mallary hopes to inspire her students - to help them realize their potential, invest in their future and make a difference in this world, despite their circumstances. She considers herself blessed to be teaching ELA to middle school students every day.

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Casey Sanchez
Lead Instructor

Casey graduated from UC San Diego with a masters in Material Science and Engineering. In addition, he has holds degrees in Physics (B.S.) and Applied Math (B.A.) from California State University, Fullerton. Casey has participated in a variety of academic and research experiences, which he hopes to share in great detail with Strive students; especially to those interested in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Above all, Casey hopes to give each hard-working Strive student the tools needed to pursue an enriching life after high school.

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Soledad Campos
Student Instructor

Soledad is currently receiving her AA at LA Trade Tech. Soledad was a student at Strive when she was a child and returned to Strive as a volunteer. She is now part of our staff team and has been working at Strive for over two years sharing her passion for baking with our Strive Bakery and Cafe and assisting lead staff. 

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Joana Estrada
Student Instructor

Joana is another past Strive alumni and has been working at Strive for over two years. She is currently attending Santa Monica College pursuing a degree in communications. Working at Strive has given her a positive perspective towards her community. She enjoys being able to contribute to such a wonderful program and assists our lead staff in the classrooms.

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Jissel Garay
Student Instructor

Jissel attended Bates College for 3 years where she pursued a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Education. At Bates College, she was a member of The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation where she served as a mentor and tutor through meaningful service with community partners. Jissel’s next steps include continuing her studies at USC. Working at Strive has allowed her to continue engaging with and inspiring her community. She hopes to continue to be a part of the amazing academic growth of her students. 

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