Master Teacher Cultural Navigator Education Strategist.

“Angelina is friendly, funny, pragmatic, and approachable.  She shows great energy and a rare ability to cut to the quick. And have I mentioned her smile?  She could light the dark side of the moon! Angelina is truly an admirable human!” — Jana Castañares, Teacher and Colleague

After twenty years in the education field, I decided to use my education and training, combined with my extensive teaching and administrative experience, work with diverse populations, stellar customer service, steely resolve, creative pursuits, and commitment to personal and professional excellence, to start Academic Savvy.

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University, summa cum laude, a Professional Clear California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and professional training with the Gessell Institute of Human Development training and Dr. Mel Levine’s Schools Attuned Program for educators.  Moreover, I’ve attended workshops at numerous local and national professional development conferences including the Educational Records Bureau and the National Association of Independent Schools.  A listing of my professional development activities can be found below, and you can click here to learn more about the various speaking engagements I’ve had throughout my career. Over the years, I have worked diligently to keep my skills updated and to combine proven methods with current best practices.  Suffice it to say – I’m a lifelong learner. I speak locally and nationally on a variety of topics such as organization and study skills, standardized testing, student success, and equity and inclusion, and I was an independent consultant with the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) in New York.

In addition to my life’s work as an educator, I am passionate about international research and cultural studies. I have traveled abroad to Korea, China, Brazil, Haiti, Kenya, and Cuba study with master artists, activists, historians, and scholars and to visit with students and fellow educators.  Each trip has given me more tools with which to innovate in the field of education and help clients strategize and problem solve in ways that other consultants cannot.  One of my specialties is the placement of students in Los Angeles area independent schools, and some of my international clients have included school placement consulting with the British Consulate in Los Angeles and the Shanghai American School in China.

Throughout my professional career, I have purposefully worked in a variety of educational settings to acquire an extensive cache of management and teaching tools. I have served families and schools in many capacities over the years: as Director of Admissions at Pilgrim School; as Assistant Head of School, St. James’ Episcopal School; Assistant Head of School, The Oaks School; ISEE test preparation instructor; Associate Faculty Member, University of Phoenix; summer school study skills and middle school English instructor, Marlborough School; and as a first, fourth, fifth and sixth grade teacher in independent schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

A few highlights from my tenure as Assistant Head of School at St. James’ Episcopal School include:

  • Seven years of advising sixth grade families in the secondary school admissions process, totaling 300 families and playing a key role in maintaining a 95% acceptance rate to distinguished independent schools in Los Angeles, on the East Coast, and Korea.
  • Guiding the school as it experienced three Head of School changes in three years and four Director of Lower Elementary changes in six years, resulting in promotions to two administrative posts. I was responsible for orienting and training new school leaders on school culture, policies, procedures, curriculum, student discipline, admissions, calendar, and daily school life.
  • Coordinating the distribution of a $55,000 technology gift, supervising the installation sixteen SmartBoards throughout the school campus, and playing an integral role in the actualization a $36,000 grant to implement the school’s first iPad foreign language software program.

I look forward to discussing how we might help meet your needs. In the meantime, explore the rest of the website. Be well…and get savvy!

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