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Henry Longfellow Elementary School

Daniel Carbajal

Grade 5


Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2013
Henry Longfellow Elementary School
Principal: Ms. Erica Ingber

Erica Ingber is principal at Longfellow Elementary and has worked in the PUSD as a teacher, Language Development Resource Teacher, and Literacy Coach.  She was a state trainer for the Language Arts Program and provided numerous staff development trainings for the District.  She is a graduate of Blair High School, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from San Francisco State University and her Administrative Credential from Cal Poly Pomona.

“We are one of PUSD’s oldest neighborhood schools, serving the Historic Highlands and Bungalow Heaven areas of Pasadena.  Our educational philosophy is that all students will be ensured access to, and success in, a powerful student-centered curriculum, which is sensitive to and supportive of their varying needs.  Academic growth, rigorous instruction, increased parental involvement and providing a safe, orderly, clean and happy learning environment continue to be our areas of focus.  We offer differentiated instruction, including art, music and motion.”

Grade Configuration: PreK-5
Number of Students: 545
Kindergarten: 4 full day
Enrichment Programs include: Instrumental music; Individual Learning Plans; Art; Performing Arts; Astronomy, Architecture; Health and Wellness Physical Education Program; Programs for students with unique needs; VYMA Music Project; My Masterpieces; Armory Artful connections with Math; Armory Children Investigating the Environment; Teaching Garden and Project Based Learning; full time school librarian.  Pasadena LEARNs afterschool program operates until 6 p.m., Pasadena Parks and Rec after school program
Community Partners include: Armory Center for the Arts; Network for a Healthy California.
Academic Performance Index (API): 823

Principal for a Day: Roberta Martinez
Executive Director Latino Heritage

Roberta H. Martinez is Executive Director of Latino Heritage, an organization that is dedicated to promoting knowledge of the Latino experience and history through cultural and educational programs in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley.  Latino Heritage does so by working in collaboration with other groups in the area. 

In addition she is currently Co-Chair of Pasadena City College President’s Latino Advisory Committee. She serves as a member of the Pasadena Senior Center’s board on the Governance Committee; as a member of Pasadena City of Learning, Pasadena, and in an Advisory capacity for the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration as well as the City of Pasadena’s Public Art Master Plan Committee. 

Roberta is immediate past Co-Chair of the Pasadena Latino Coalition, served on the Pasadena Community Access Corporation board, and has been Chair of both the Arts Commission and the Library Commission, City of Pasadena. 

She has been a classroom teacher, musical performer and television host. She is an independent researcher and a Reader at the Huntington Library; a major focus has been Latinos and women.  Arcadia Publishing set her book, “Latinos in Pasadena”, on the market in 2009. She is also the writer of her blog, “A Pasadena Latina”.

Ms. Martinez earned her degree in Music History from University of California, Riverside.  In addition she has received certificates in a variety of areas, most notably classes in Early Childhood, Basic Core, UCLA.  She lives in Pasadena with her husband, James Grimes; they have two grown children - Matthew and Kate.

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