Administration

 

Principal:

Dr. Camille Ramos-Beal

Dr. Camille Ramos-Beal, Principal at Palomares Academy, has served as the principal since 2014. She taught middle school and high school English and French prior to becoming an administrator and has worked in the field of education for 16 years.  Dr. Ramos-Beal was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States at the age of 8.  She grew up in Pasadena, California, a city about twenty-five miles west of Pomona.  She attended Mt. St. Mary's University in Los Angeles, California, where she majored in Liberal Studies and minored in French. After graduating in 2004, she spent a year abroad where she taught in a nursery school and worked as a private tutor and 1:1 support for a child with autism. She completed her Master's degree in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) at the University of Southern California. In 2013, she earned a doctorate of education at the University of Southern California. Her professional passion is providing equitable access and opportunity for all students and building collective efficacy among teachers for transformational change.   In her personal time, Dr. Ramos-Beal enjoys food, family, and traveling. A quote she identifies as mirroring her calling as an educator is:

 

“Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery. "

 

Horace Mann

 

 

Assistant Principal

Mr. Troy Littlejohn

Troy Littlejohn, Assistant Principal at Palomares Academy, has served as Assistant Principal since 2017. He taught middle and high school Social Studies, and he served as Academic Coach, Resource Teacher and Dean of Students prior to becoming an administrator at Palomares Academy of Health Sciences. He has worked in the field of education for over 22 years.

Troy Littlejohn was born in Los Angeles California and grew up in nearby Diamond Bar, California. He attended Chapman University in Orange, California, where he majored in Counseling Psychology. After graduating in 1990, he worked with abused children at Orangewood Children’s Home while working on his teaching credential in Social Studies. He began working in Pomona Unified School District in 1992 as a history teacher at Emerson Middle School. He completed his Master’s Degree in Family Counseling Therapy from Argosy University and earned an administrative credential from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. In 2012, he began working as the Dean of Students at Garey High School and subsequently as a Teacher-on-Assignment in an administrative capacity at the School of Extended Educational Options (SEEO). His professional passion is supporting and providing access to students with special needs as well as at-risk students.

In his personal time, Mr. Littlejohn enjoys spending time with his family, serving at his church as a trainer of Christian Education teachers, and dancing. A quote he identifies as his mission statement as well as his professional goal is:

 

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character- that is the true goal of education.”

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

Dean of Students

Ms. Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez grew up in the Imperial Valley in a small town farming community 35 miles north of the Mexican border. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Bilingual Education from San Diego State University and a Master's degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. The title of her thesis work was "Explicit Writing Instruction for English Language Learners." A passion of Ms. Martinez is teaching language and providing all students with the opportunity to confidently articulate mastery of the learning. She has served as the Dean of Students at Palomares Academy since 2016. Her career in education with Pomona Unified School District began 28 years ago. Prior to joining the Palomares Academy administrative team, Ms. Martinez began her career with the organization, teaching in elementary school for 8 years. Then, for 9 years she taught English Language Arts and Social Studies at the middle school level; for 5 years as a Resource Teacher, supporting students and teachers during a school's transformational journey as a SIG school; and finally as a teacher specialist for state and federal programs.

 

Ms. Martinez has a passion for providing a welcoming, positive, and safe environment for all stakeholders and ensuring support systems are in place to meet the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional  needs of all students. In her personal time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and connecting with friends. A quote that resonates with her is:

 

Teach to the heart, and the mind will follow."

 

Victor Rios

 

Office Manager

Valerie Leos

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