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Washington Accelerated School

Alejandro Montelongo
Grade 4

Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2013
Washington Accelerated School
Principal: Ms. Karrone Meeks-Clark

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: Andréa Caruso Townsend, Esq.
Of Counsel, Squire Sanders (US) LLP Immediate Past Chair, Leadership

Andréa Caruso Townsend focuses her practice on capital project finance matters with an emphasis on tax exempt bond and tax credit financings for public and private projects including public facilities, affordable multifamily housing, nonprofit educational, senior housing and healthcare facilities, renewable energy and redevelopment matters.

Andréa has more than 15 years of public finance experience including more than a decade as an associate and then partner in a major Ohio law firm, where she served as bond, underwriters’ or tax counsel on a wide variety of public, nonprofit and redevelopment projects.


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