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Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School

Daphne Naranjo
Grade 5

Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2013
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School
Principal: Mr. Juan Ruelas

Mr. Ruelas is in his 5th year at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary. He has been in the district for over sixteen years. He has taught Kindergarten, First grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, inclusion, and been both a Language Development Resource Teacher and Curriculum Resource Teacher. Mr. Ruelas holds a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles, a teaching credential from California State Dominguez Hills, and a Masters Degree and Administrative Credential from California Polytechnic University Pomona.

“We are a unique neighborhood school for general education and special need students.  Our motto is ‘We are Roosevelt Proud, College Bound’, which we demonstrate through teaching the students early about the opportunity of going to college and the many benefits of having a college education.”

Number of Students: 310
Grade Configuration: Kinder to 5th grade    Special Needs: Pre-K to 5th grade
Enrichment Programs include: GATE, Art, Music, Chorus, Assistive Technology, Bell Choir, Student Council, Conflict Resolution/Peace Patrol, RtI.
Programs for Students with Unique Needs: Inclusion,  Special Day Classes,  Resource Specialist,  Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Visual Impairment, Medical Therapy Unit, Adaptive Physical Education, Assistive Technology, Sensory Program, Behavior Intervention, SDC Medically Fragile Specialist
After-school Programs: PUSD LEARNs
Community Partners: Avery Dennison, UCLA School of Education, New horizon School, Cal National Bank, Special Olympics, Pasadena History Museum, Cal Tech, Descanso Gardens, University of Phoenix, PUSD Workability Program, Active and involved retired professors and instructors, and devoted Board Members.

Principal for a Day: Ben Mishico
President Hello! Home Care

Owners Benjamin Mishico and Kelly Choo are the husband and wife team that developed Hello! Home Care, bringing together their individual backgrounds in business and healthcare. Ben was a computer programmer in the financial industry and Kelly is a registered nurse.
Ben's Story: Having worked for some of the biggest banks on Wall Street, I was “successful” by most people’s definition, but personally, I felt unfulfilled and lacked a sense of purpose. After relocating to Southern California for family reasons and to discover new directions, I recognized a need in our new community for a compassionate and competent home care service for individuals who wanted to remain in their own homes but might need some assistance to do so. Having developed this business from conception to reality and having the sense that what I do can make a real difference in the lives of people in my own community gives me great satisfaction. I have a renewed sense of purpose, one that goes far beyond financial rewards. I can see that while my beloved "Nana" is lucky to have family close by that can provide day to day care and companionship, the extended family is changing and evolving, more and more families are living apart and often very far away from each other. I want Hello! Home Care and our caregivers to fill that gap. As the proud owner, I will work to earn your business by making sure you are fully satisfied from the first phone call and all throughout our relationship.


We live with our two young daughters in the San Gabriel Valley.  Having relocated from New York City, we are thrilled to be enjoying the Southern California life.  We blend an East coast sensibility and practicality with a humanism that is characteristic of the West coast. These characteristics of practicality, empathy, and nurturing are some of the important factors when deciding on home care and your home care provider. We love the city of Pasadena and have chosen it to be our “home” and hope you will contact us when you need our services.

Hello! Home Care is a Pasadena based home care agency.  We provide senior home care services with our caregivers who offer home care services such as medication assistance, meal preparation, housekeeping, companionship and more. All care is supervised by a Registered Nurse

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