Valerie Braimah joined our team as Executive Director in October 2013. She brings to our organization over 15 year of leadership in public education as a teacher, charter school administrator, program evaluator, and educational consultant. As a former member of City Charter’s Board of Directors, Valerie also brings a deep understanding of, and passion for our unique mission and vision. Valerie is passionate about working toward educational excellence for all students, and has extensive experience doing so. Prior to joining City Charter, Valerie was the Vice President of Community Learning and Engagement at Teach For America, where she led TFA’s multi-media Corps Member professional development strategy. Before that, she served as the Vice President of Instruction at the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools (a charter school management organization), where she was responsible for strategic management of the district instructional team. She also served as the Chief Learning Officer for Insight Education Group for over five years, where she consulted with traditional and charter schools and districts, providing teacher professional development, conducting school-wide academic program evaluations, and facilitating school and district reform across the country. Valerie holds a Master’s Degree in Education Policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Stephanie Romero-Crockett joined our team as Director of Community Engagement and Operations in July 2014. She brings to our organization over 10 years of nonprofit management, outreach, and educational advocacy. At City, she manages a range of administrative, logistical and operational duties for our central office, including compliance with numerous district, state and federal laws and related initiatives. Additionally, she is charged with building relationships on behalf of City with the communities we serve, vendors, funders and potential program partners.
As a parent, Stephanie knows the importance of a school that supports the academic and social well-being of students, and she is passionate about working to ensure this opportunity for all students. Prior to joining City, Stephanie worked for The Campaign for College Opportunity, advocating on behalf of students to ensure they have the opportunity to go to college. Her work in communications, community outreach, program development, and grants management has all centered around providing educational opportunities to students, and she is excited to continue these efforts at City Charter Schools.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Westmont College.
Sheri Werner has been a professional educator for the past 22 years. Her classroom experience includes teaching at both the elementary and middle school levels. Sheri co-founded Foundations School Community, a K-8th grade constructivist-based school, where she served as Head of School for 15 years. She was successful at creating an educational model, which combined the best practices of constructivist, problem-based learning, with rigorous academic standards.
Mr. Alarcón is an extremely well-respected, veteran teacher at the UCLA Lab School, a model school for dual-language immersion and constructivist teaching. He has been an educator for over 20 years and was instrumental in designing and running the bilingual program at the UCLA Lab School’s Learning in Two Languages (LTL) program. Mr. Alarcón has also worked as an instructor in UCLA’s Teacher Education Program since 2002, training the next generation of educators in bilingual, constructivist curriculum and pedagogy. Mr. Alarcón has served in various leadership positions at the lab school including: Summer School Principal, Coordinator of the Learning in Two Languages Program, Director of the Summer Session Sports Camp program, the Coordinator of the Bilingual Education Symposium at UCLA, and the Co-Director of the Archaeology Institute for Educators at UCLA.