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Learning Works Charter School

Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2013
Learning Works

Principal: Mike Araujo

personalized, rigorous academic program and relevant life skills to traditionally underserved, at-risk students in grades 7-12 who have withdrawn or are in danger of withdrawing from mainstream education without attaining a high school diploma. LW addresses the needs in our community by offering a program to give these disengaged students an educational choice designed to meet their specific needs, distinct from the traditional programs that had not served them well. Our model combines both the need for academic intervention and support, as well as acknowledges that this population requires wrap around and social support services.

The students we serve would inaccurately be called “at-risk” students. They are in fact, “in crisis” students who have already demonstrated a behavior or condition that exceeds “at-risk” such as becoming pregnant or entering the juvenile delinquency system or even dropping out of school.

Our intent is to increase learning opportunities for underserved, disengaged students by providing students and parents with a public school alternative for a student population without a viable choice today.

We believe all youth in our community need a high school diploma.

Our target population includes:
• In-school and out-of-school dropouts
• Probation youth who are credit-deficient
• Students who are expelled from PUSD
• Pregnant teens/teen mother students
• Non-passing CAHSEE students who did not graduate
• Students ages 18-20 who wish to return to school to receive a high school diploma

Principal for a Day: Gene Masuda
Councilmember - District 4 City of Pasadena

Gene Masuda was elected to the Pasadena City Council in April 2011 to represent East Pasadena including the neighborhoods of Upper Hastings Ranch, Lower Hastings Ranch, Daisy-Villa, Eaton Blanche, East Eaton Wash, Eaton Canyon Wash, East Orange Grove, Fox Ridge/Canyon Close, Loma Vista, Sierra Madre Villa, and Victory Rose. 

Gene is dedicated to maintaining the City's fiscal discipline while protecting police and fire services. As a longtime neighborhood and quality of life advocate, Gene has a record of working to fight overdevelopment and traffic in order to maintain the character and beauty of residential neighborhoods. Gene is a leader in Pasadena's open space movement, dedicated to preserving and protecting Pasadena's natural open space. 

Gene successfully fought to keep the Edison right-of-way from being developed into storage units, led the effort to combat crime in East Pasadena and established the Gene Masuda Educational Center at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pasadena. Gene was a Director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation, which raises millions of dollars for the PUSD. He is a strong supporter of the PUSD, where his own son was educated and has now gone on to college. Gene also has a married daughter and three grandchildren. 

Gene is a retired business owner and former President of one of East Pasadena's largest neighborhood associations. He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He and his wife Joanne, a retired public school teacher, have lived in Pasadena for 25 years.


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