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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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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 Lanise "Ani" Martin
Lead Instructor

Lanise is currently attending Arizona State University and is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and will ultimately obtain admittance into the Master's of Social Work Program. Her knack for guiding children in the acquisition of knowledge and skills led her to Strive. Ani is the lead instructor for our third grade students. 

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Addison Tippit
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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Angel Bautista
Lead Instructor

Angel is currently enrolled in California State University, Dominguez Hills and is earning a degree in History. His two favorite subjects are history, and math. He loves working through math problems and learning new types of equations. He loves coaching young students on sharpening their mathematics skills and teaching real life math applications. 

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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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