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Angelica Garcia
11th Grade
Humanities Studio


Angelica Garcia was born and raised in South East Los Angeles. She grew up in the city of South

Gate with her 5 siblings, parents and their pet cats. She attended California State University of Los

Angeles for her undergrad where she received a BA in History. She then attended the University of Southern California for her MA in Teaching and Social Science Credential and continued her

education at the University of California Los Angeles where she received her English Credential.

For the last seven years Angelica taught Humanities at Aspire Ollin in Huntington Park. This year

she is ecstatic to be here at Odyssey and looks forward to building loving relationships and

promoting social consciousness and lifelong learning. 


Angelica lives in Long Beach with her partner and their three cats: Maddy, Molly and Mortimer.

When she's not teaching she helps run the non-profit Chicxs Rockerxs South East Los Angeles

(CRSELA). In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, binge watching anime, attempting to

roller skate and falling asleep watching true crime television



Anthony Meyer
11th Grade
Math Studio


Anthony was born and raised in Modesto, CA.  Wanting to get away from all the cows, I mean home,

he decided to attend Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI.  After having endured four long

Michigan winters he emerged victoriously with Bachelor’s degrees in both math and philosophy,

and somehow also managed to meet and woo his now wife.


Between here and there Anthony has lived in a number of locations along the Pacific coast (where

it’s warm!) including Eugene, OR, Redding, CA, and his current home of Bellflower.  After trying his

hand at being a personal trainer, life coach, and electrician, Anthony discovered that teaching is his

true passion.


When not teaching or chasing his three kids around, you’ll likely find him up in a tree or with his nose in a book.  Or both.  Yeah, probably both actually.



Caroline Ramirez
11th Grade
STEM Studio


Caroline Ramirez grew up in Calexico, California and was born in Mexicali, Baja California,

Mexico. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles right after high school and

majored in Biology. To continue with her passion for teaching she enrolled in the credential

program at California State University, Dominguez Hills and received her Science Teaching

Credential. She completed the Master’s program at California State University, Northridge in Secondary Science Education.


This is her second year teaching at Odyssey. She taught Environmental Sustainability during

distance learning and is looking forward to teaching 11th grade STEM in person.


Caroline currently lives in Long Beach with her partner and her dogs Max and Cuca. In her free

time she enjoys doing CrossFit, traveling, playing basketball, hiking, watching Laker games,

trying all kinds of food, going to the beach, and chilling with her dogs.



Chanelle Jacobson
10th Grade
Humanities Studio


Chanelle Jacobson grew up in San Diego, CA and moved to Long Beach in 2007 where she currently resides with her boyfriend and 2 turtles, Sancho and Friday. She graduated from California State University Long Beach with a double major in English Education and

Creative Writing, as well as her teaching credential, and is looking to go back to acquire her

MFA. Before coming to Odyssey, Chanelle taught in South Central Los Angeles for three

years. In her spare time she enjoys playing video games, reading, writing poetry, and

traveling. She loves all things nerdy, especially Harry Potter and Game of Thrones!

#HufflepuffLife #TheNorthRemembers #UnbowedUnbentUnbroken



Chelsea McFayden
10th Grade
STEM Studio

Chelsea McFadyen was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She has a twin sister and a

younger sister, and people frequently think her younger sister is actually her twin. She grew up

playing soccer and volunteering in her community. She is inspired by the natural world and decided

to attend California State University, Long Beach to earn her bachelor’s degree in biology. She then returned to CSULB to complete her teaching credential.


She is excited to help students develop their passions and help them on their journey toward

success and happiness. In her free time, she enjoys baking, exercising, and playing with her three








Desiree Martinez
11th Grade 
Humanities Studio


Desiree Martinez was born and raised in California. She attended California State University Long Beach where she got a degree in English Education as well as her English teaching

credential. She completed her Master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand

Canyon University just last year.


This is Desiree’s second year with Odyssey STEM Academy. She is passionate about being

an active part of the school culture and is excited to continue her journey at OSA in-person! 


In her spare time, Desiree loves to travel to cities and natural wonders alike. Some of her

hobbies include hiking, camping, woodworking, sewing and kayaking. She played soccer throughout most of her life and proudly supports the LA Galaxy.





Flor Perez
11th Grade
Math Studio


Flor Perez grew up in Los Angeles, California. She first attended Glendale Community

College and later transferred to the University of California - Santa Barbara. She studied mathematics and received her teaching credential and Masters in Education. Before coming

to Odyssey, Flor taught high school math in Huntington Park, California. Her goal is to

provide scholars with opportunities to think critically, collaborate, and reflect on their learning experiences. 


During her spare time, Flor likes to draw, knit, embroider, and do nail art. She also enjoys

traveling and working abroad during the summers to teach problem solving courses in the






Hunter Simmons
9th Grade
Humanities Studio


A San Diego native, Hunter Simmons has always had a passion for learning and teaching. He

studied history and English at the University of California – Santa Barbara, and soon after received

his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of San Diego. Simmons

officially began his teaching career in Escondido at Del Lago Academy before moving with his family

to the Los Angeles area in 2018. He enjoys working with scholars to help them become global

citizens: individuals who are driven to enact positive changes in the community, nation, and world

through collaborative and imaginative projects. Simmons believes every scholar has a powerful

voice, and he makes it his personal goal to ensure all voices are expressed and heard. A founding

staff member of Odyssey STEM Academy, Simmons is currently the 12th grade AP English

Language and Composition advisor, and also co-hosts a podcast about Odyssey and learning with

advisor Courtney Wright called “The Odyssey of Learning.” Give it a listen here In addition, Simmons colors his environment with the help of

his hobbies: music, sports, and film. He is an avid drummer and will play and perform with anyone;

a diehard San Diego Padres fan and lover of all-things Disney; and lives in Fullerton with his wife

and three children. He is thrilled to be a part of the Odyssey team!




Jeremy Cisneros

Jeremy was born and raised in Downey, CA. Jeremy attended Cal State Long Beach pursuing his Bachelors in History and is now working on his Masters at Azusa Pacific University in Learning and Technology. Before coming to Odyssey, Jeremy has been servicing the youth in Paramount since

2010, supporting in recreation and other roles with Paramount Unified.  When he is not teaching

Jeremy enjoys playing video games, sports, going outdoors, watching anime/movies, and going on adventures with his dogs. Jeremy is grateful and excited to be at Odyssey to continue supporting Paramount youth.



Marianne Leon
9th Grade
Humanities Studio


Marianne was born and raised in Pico Rivera, California. She attended Catholic School until

she attended Rio Hondo City College receiving an A.A. in English and Literature. She then

transferred to Cal State Long Beach, where she received both her B.A. in English Education

and her Single Subject Credential in English. She plans to continue on with her education

aiming to receive her master’s degree and her doctoral degree. She has worked within

Paramount since 2015 and for the last two years worked at Leona Jackson Middle School teaching 8th grade ELA, Avid Excel, and 7th/8th grade ELD. In other news, Marianne

enjoys reading, writing, singing (places no one can hear her), playing with her Basset

Hound, Orejitas, enjoying the little natural pleasures of the world, and immersing herself in

nature. One of her favorite memories is hiking and climbing up Half Dome in Yosemite

National Park, which is a 16 mile hike. She is always ready for any new adventure because

she knows it is another chance to learn and grow.

Marianne is both excited and passionate about working at Odyssey for her 3rd school year.

She loves the enthusiasm of the Admin, teachers, and students. She is a firm believer in

the growth mindset: “if at first you don’t succeed try, try, try again!” - Robert the Bruce




Mark Mussari
10th Grade
Math Studio


Mark Mussari has called Southern California home for the majority of his life, although he has lived

briefly in many other states. Mark attended California State University Dominguez Hills for his undergraduate degree. After getting married and the birth of his daughter Mark went back to school,

attended Western Governors University where he earned his Masters and teaching credential. 


Mark currently lives in Long Beach with his wife and his two young children; his daughter (7) and

son (3). They share a love for traveling around the world, spending time at the beach and cooking

and eating meals that remind them of where they’ve traveled. 


Teaching has been a passion of his for as long as he can remember and Mark is excited to be

fulfilling his dreams with so many great scholars, faculty and parents here at Odyssey.



Michael Clark
11th Grade
Math Studio

Mike grew up in Riverside, California. He attended University of California Riverside and then

earned his credential and Masters at Azusa Pacific University. Mike has taught throughout

Southern California and also Des Moines, Iowa over the last decade. He is passionate about Mathematics, justice, social change, and helping his scholars draw connections between their

school and their world. When he is not busy on campus, Mike is probably 100 ft up off the group

rock climbing which has been a passion of his for as long as he has been a teacher. Mike also

loves to play his ukulele, travel, and explore new places with his Australian Cattle Dog Winston



Nicole Bottomley
12th Grade
STEM Studio

Nicole grew up in a tiny town in Northern California where she spent most of her childhood

outdoors. This instilled a deep appreciation for nature and living things, and in turn sparked a

lifelong curiosity for understanding how things “work”. She attended Chapman University and

Cal State Long Beach, where she earned a BS in Biology and MS in Microbiology respectively.

For over a decade, Nicole worked in the biotech industry as a R&D scientist. During this time,

she also taught college biology and microbiology courses, which moved her to pursue her

passion of teaching. Going into her third year at Odyssey, It is her goal to inspire scholars at

Odyssey to explore biology, engineering, and biotechnology to discover new possibilities, the

sky's the limit! Outside of school, Nicole spends most of her time chasing around her two young

sons, but her favorite pastime is traveling to new places and exploring nature with her family

and dog Griffin.



Nallely Cambero
10th Grade

Nallely was born and raised in Northeast Los Angeles. She grew up in a small neighborhood just 10 minutes from Dodger Stadium. She attended UC San Diego where she received a BA in Human Development with a minor in Education. She then attended University of the Pacific for her MA in Curriculum and Instruction. Nallely taught Math at Aspire Ollin in Huntington Park for seven years

before transitioning to Odyssey this school year. 

In her free time, she enjoys going camping, hiking, bonding over food, and powerlifting. She loves challenging herself both mentally and physically. Her latest physical challenge was competing in powerlifting competitions– she competed three times and placed in all three! She grew up playing

sports and loves attending sporting events. You might catch her rooting for the Lakers, Dodgers,


Nallely looks forward to having a successful school year full of commitment and creativity!



Pedro Navarro
11th Grade


What can I say about Pedro? He’s a family man. Born in Guatemala, survived the mean streets of

North Long Beach in the early to late 1990s, and thanks to a loving mother and a supportive

counselor at Jordan HS, he left the hood to attend the University of California at Davis. Family

history drew him to study abroad in Mexico City, and for a whole year studied at the largest

university of Latin America, UNAM, and backpacked through Mexico, Cuba and Central America.

The Oakland Bay Area was the next move, where he found his passion for teaching, starting with

the young ones in Kindergarten through 7th grade science. Now back home in North Long Beach,

Pedro has been teaching high school Spanish in South LA for the last 9 years and he recently

finished a double MA in Education at California State University, Long Beach. He is honored to

serve and learn at the illustrious Odyssey STEM Academy!


In his free time, Pedro loves spending time with family, playing with his two dogs, and enjoys digging

at used bookstores, record stores, and antique shops. On clear nights, you can catch him gazing at

the planets, moons and stars.






Samantha Siañez
12th Grade


Samantha Siañez was born and raised in South Gate, California (within Los Angeles.) She

played soccer throughout her middle and high school years and continued to play for fun

while she was attending the University of California, Santa Barbara. Samantha studied

Spanish & Spanish Literature and then began to pursue her teaching career. She taught

Spanish to 11th and 12th grade students in Los Angeles while pursuing her Masters in

Urban Education at LMU.

During her spare time, Samantha loves being around animals and nature (all of her pets

are rescues!) She also enjoys traveling with friends and loved ones, especially if that means learning something new. 

Samantha eagerly looks forward to working closely with the entire Odyssey community!




Sara Morgan
9th Grade
Humanities Studio

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sara ventured to Northern California to attend UC Davis, where she double-majored in English and Spanish. While studying in Madrid during her Junior year, she fell in

love with Spanish architecture, literature, food, and language (which she still hopes to speak

competently one day). After graduation, she worked for a boutique public relations firm for a couple

years, helping to arrange press trips to unique destinations in Southern California. Then, she set out

to develop her career at Universal Studios, Hollywood, where she delighted in answering the phone

for the Costume Department. Ultimately realizing that the corporate world was not for her, Sara

returned to school with a renewed sense of purpose–this time to Cal State Long Beach–to earn her teaching credential in English, and to ultimately guide young people toward forming their own

identities as confident readers and writers. After teaching for five awesome years at Alondra Middle

School, she is thrilled to join the team at Odyssey. 

Sara lives in Long Beach with her husband, two-year-old son, and a scruffy terrier mix named Sonny. She likes cooking with a good podcast in her ear, and in rare moments of free time, she might be seen

riding her mountain bike, hanging out at Rosie’s dog beach, reading some good fiction, or painting

with watercolors.



Wences Zepeda
9th Grade
Math Studio


Wenceslaus Zepeda was born in the motherland of Nayarit, Mexico and grew up in

Compton by way of California. He is proudly the product of Paramount Unified. After high

school he took the circuitous route of UC Irvine, Orange Coast College, Long Beach City

College and received his degree in Pure Mathematics from Cal State Long Beach. He

earned his teaching credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills and has recently re-enrolled

to earn his Masters in Pure Mathematics from Long Beach State, Why because he loves

the pain. He also enjoys in these times, long walks from the living room to his office while

gazing at a blue wall, just pretending it is the beach. Amongst his many talents is the ability

to perform CPR in at least four languages. Wences spends his time reading and breaking

things to see how they truly work and mostly enjoying his three daughters (I think) and one