Anna carlstone-hurst - Head of School
Ms. Carlstone-Hurst first served as a Teacher For America corps member at a middle school in the Bronx, New York. She remained at the school three years beyond her placement to continue to teach, lead a Parent Outreach Committee, and create a “school within a school” with three team members, building a culture of high expectations, standardized classroom procedures, and culture-building activities for over 200 students. With the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, Ms. Carlstone-Hurst observed at over 40 high performing charter schools across the country to design and lead Libertas College Prep, a school that will change the outcomes for each student that enters its doors. Building Excellent Schools (BES) is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving the academic achievement of underserved students in our nation's urban centers. BES accomplishes this by supporting relentless entrepreneurs to design, found, lead, and sustain excellent charter schools in underserved communities nationwide. Ms. Carlstone-Hurst earned a B.A. in English and in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University, and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.
Director of Operations
Ms. Zepeda grew up down the street from Libertas and was a founding 4th grade teacher. Last year she grew her students from 32% proficiency on the SBAC to 68% proficiency, with 50% of her students exceeding standards. Alma is now leading the school as our Director of Operations while continuing to serve as the Math Chair and overseeing the development and implementation of the math curriculum for all grades. Prior to Libertas, Ms. Zepeda was a Teach for America Corps member in Houston ISD where she taught 5th grade ESL mathematics for three years. Ms. Zepeda holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University and a Masters of Science in Elementary Education from Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Mendez is a native of Los Angeles and was a founding teacher of Libertas, serving for 3 years as a mathematics teacher for grades 5 and 6. Daniel is now leading the school as our Assistant Principal while serving as the Nonfiction Chair. Prior to Libertas, Mr. Mendez was as a part of Teach for America Corps member in San Diego where he taught 5th grade mathematics for two years. Mr. Mendez holds a BA in Economics and a Masters in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University.