Talk to a Parent

One of PEN’s strengths is our large network of parents. And one of the best ways to find out about a school is to get perspectives from parents like Teri Griffith, featured in this interview clip from the Go Public documentary project. We encourage you to contact one or more of our PEN Parent Ambassadors to get their first-hand perspectives of the schools you’re considering.

We have volunteer Parent Ambassadors at elementarymiddle, and high schools throughout PUSD.  Even if you’ve already met some parents on a school tour, at our programs, or at a coffee, we encourage you to contact our Parent Ambassadors directly by email or phone. (If name listed without email link or phone, please contact to be put in touch!)

Contact a PEN Parent Ambassador…

  • If you have a specific question about a school
  • If you want to attend a PTA or other parent meeting at the school
  • If you want to attend a school event to find out what the school community is like
  • If you want to start developing relationships on campus prior to school starting
  • If you want to be connected starting the first day of school

Elementary School PEN Ambassadors

Altadena Elementary
Karina Contreras (bilingual Sp. & French DLIP) (626-798-0476) email 
Victoria Knapp email
 (French DLIP) email

Cleveland Elementary
Wendy Valencia email

Don Benito Elementary
Scott Harden (310-600-6665) email 
Stacey Fargnoli (818-319-3286)
Kevin O'Neill email
Lisa Swan email

Field Elementary (Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program)
Corey Hegger email
Annabel Hom email
Leslie Tamppari (626-398-5005) email

Franklin Elementary
Courtney Bonafacini email
Leigh Ann Samuel email

Hamilton Elementary
Jen Gold  email
Jennifer Goldman email
Jennifer Valdiviez (818-636-0371) email

Jackson STEM/Spanish Dual Language Magnet Elementary
Priscilla Bransby (text: 626-437-7437) email
Tina Pham (text: 626-644-9304) email
Sandy Roffman email

Jefferson Elementary
Adrianna Blaha (818-941-7087) email
Kirsten Harman email

Longfellow Elementary
Pilar Oliva email                                                                                              Shanna Tellez (818-429-3455) email

Madison Elementary
Esmeralda Cerezo email

McKinley School (grades K-8)
Karianna Frey email
Nathalie Herron email
Meredith Ryness (213-361-6265) email                                                            Elaine Scotton

Norma Coombs Elementary
Missy Griffin  email
Karin Luster email
Aimee Cunningham email
Eva Rivera (323-308-0391) email or Melvin Canas email

Roosevelt (grades pre-K-14)
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San Rafael Elementary(Spanish-English Dual Language Immersion Program)
Jennifer Dague  email
Lorena Hernandez email
Gargi Matuszeski email
Emily Mencken email

Sierra Madre Elementary
Julie Cole (626-792-0872) email
Teresa Tubera email

Washington STEM Magnet Elementary
Maria Chavez de Gonzalez email

Webster Elementary
Dana Bradley (626-398-1424) email
Maggie Brandow (626-797-7475) email

Willard Elementary
Alejandra Campos email
Jennifer Errico email

Middle School PEN Ambassadors

Blair IB (grades 6-12)
Steve Cole email
Jennifer Higginbotham (626-695-7621) email
Emily Mencken email (SDLIP)

Eliot Arts Magnet Middle School
Kristy Clougherty email
Marie Cantor email
Leigh Ann Samuel email

Marshall Secondary School
Sarah Hilbert email
Shoshana Rosenbaum (626-296-9123) email
Audrey Lavelle email

Sierra Madre Middle School
Lisa Lees email
Julie Flad

Washington STEAM Magnet Middle School
Angie Uriu email
Maya Sharp email

Wilson Middle School
Lucy Lamb email

High School PEN Ambassadors

Blair IB
Norah Small email

Marshall Secondary School

Felita Kealing email
Audrey Lavelle email

John Muir High School

Myhisha Myles email
Monica Obregon email

Pasadena High School
Julie Flad email

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Interested in becoming a Parent Ambassador? 

Contact PEN's Program Director Susan Schwartz for more information. We are also looking for parents of preschool-aged children who can help us reach out to your local preschool, daycare, or parent group.