Dr. Taylor, Executive Principal
Dr. Taylor has a BA in communications from Cal State Hayward, and attended UC Berkeley, Holy Names, Mills College, PBC, and Relay Graduate School of Education for her MA, PhD, Teaching Credential and graduate work in Education Leadership. She taught English/History Core 7th/8th Grade and the Chorus at John Muir Middle School in San Leandro Unified School District for 9 years. Back in 2006 the state of California introduced No Child Left Behind, and this law transitioned her teaching career into an administrative pathway. Dr. Taylor considers herself a life-long teacher, and still enjoys spending time in the classroom. Dr. Taylor's role at MPA has evolved over the course of her tenure. Initially, it was to transition a site slated for closure. Then it was to transition outcomes for low performing students. Over the course of several years, it has been to create and establish a model community school campus, with technology at the center. Now, she is working on expansion, and college and career ready students and families. Dr. Taylor has been the face of consistency in an environment where her students need positive role models. What gets her most excited to be a principal is the faces of her students. She has watched most of them grow from primary students to high school students, and opportunity not many principals get. It is her proudest moment to watch them graduate from high school, knowing they are headed to college.
Cecilia Terrazas, Assistant Principal of Climate and Culture
Cecilia is a Los Angeles native who has over eighteen years experience in the field of education, youth development, community organizing and advocacy efforts aimed at improving schools and communities in under resourced areas. She was born and raised in Hawthorne California and attended UCLA where she obtained a B.A in Sociology. Prior to joining MPA, she attended the University of California, Berkeley to receive her Master’s Degree in Social Welfare in 2009 and the Principal Leadership Institute at Cal in 2018 to receive a Master's in Educational Leadership. She is a high school teacher and union organizer who has been dedicated to providing at-risk and low-income youth with resources and assistance to reach their educational, emotional, and personal goals. Cecilia is also the proud mother of an energetic and caring 8 year son, Ollin, and a fun loving 12 year old, Sol, with whom she shares her passion for music and laughter.
Annie Hatch, Assistant Principal of Instruction
This is Annie's 6th year at MPA. Prior to becoming AP of Instruction, Annie served as MPA's Pathway Coach for five years. And before that she was a Linked Learning Instuctional coach in Los Angeles, an English and history teacher at Life Academy, an after school provider and tutor at Skyline high school, and a paraeducator in the South Bay. She has been deeply invested in changing educational outcomes for underserved youth since 2006.
Annie was born in Tacoma, WA and earned a BA from Brown University in Education History and Policy. She has a teaching credential in English and history, a Masters in teaching from Mills College, and an Admin Credential from the Reach Instutute. Annie is an avid runner, traveler, and jewelry maker and currently spends a lot of time reading to her 3 year old. Annie loves the students of MPA and is grateful to learn from them; in this picture, Annie can be seen with her beloved advisory.