Frank Lomeli - Principal
My name is Frank Lomeli and I am so excited to introduce myself as the new principal of Academia del Pueblo School. I am honored to have been selected to serve this community in such an important role, but more importantly, to work with the amazing staff on campus in finding the treasures that lie within each and every child. Over the past 20 years, I have worked in youth development services as an administrator, programmer, teacher and coach, but I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I will spend a lot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large. I will encourage them every day, and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school community.
I first joined ADP in 2014 as a middle school and PE teacher. The following year, I was promoted to the Director of Youth Programs. In this position, I provided youth development enrichment services such as after school sports, recreational activities, special events and high school readiness workshops. In addition to youth development services, I served as the Dean of Students overseeing school-wide discipline and worked closely the administrative team on grant management, budgets, academic planning and overall student development strategies.
Prior to becoming principal, I served as the Assistant Principal of Student & Community Engagement. In this role, I lead and managed the campus operations and staff for middle school, the Early Childhood Development Center, maintenance operations, after school programs and school counseling services. As an assistant principal, I collaborated with teachers and staff on strategies for helping students achieve and sustain academic success, effectively managed budget and financial matters and served as an overall resource for teachers and staff. In addition to my leadership and managerial roles, I managed all after school programming and seasonal sports, implemented effective marketing and community outreach programs and worked on cross-departmental projects within the various departments of Friendly House.
On a personal note, graduated Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors) from Northern Arizona University with a Master’s in Educational Leadership and received my bachelors in Business Administration from Southern Utah University where I played NCAA football. I bring with me over 20 years of youth development programming experience and nearly 10 years of executive-level, public administration experience. I am an Arizona native, growing up in the small agricultural community of Tolleson and have been married to my lovely wife Monica for nearly 25 years. I have four children and one grandson who currently attends Academia del Pueblo school. My passions are my faith, family, music and coaching.
I look forward to partnering with you on the education of you children and working collaboratively on bringing out the best in all students who attend Academia del Pueblo School.
Thank you. #AdPStrong
Martin Perez - Assistant Principal of Operations & Academic Services
Martin Perez serves as the Assistant Principal for Operations and Academic Services at Academia del Pueblo. His passion to ensure every student is provided with access to a high-quality education stems from his own educational upbringing, his teaching experience, and his community engagement.
Mr. Perez grew up in Compton, California and was the first in his family to attend and graduate college. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, he joined Teach For America as a corps member at Phoenix’s Alhambra School District where he taught middle school. In addition, Mr. Perez served as the fifth-grade team leader, athletic director, legislative committee representative and parent and community engagement chair. In 2014, Mr. Perez was named Alhambra School District’s Teacher of the Year. Mr. Perez also holds a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University where he explored Arizona’s Structured English Immersion (SEI) policy and its impact on English Language Learners. Mr. Perez continued his research and community engagement around SEI through his fellowship with the national education policy organization 50CAN.
In addition to his work in the classroom, Mr. Perez served on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Juvenile Courts, Arizona Department of Education Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force and The City of Phoenix Youth and Education Commission. For his work inside the classroom, community and beyond, Mr. Perez has been recognized as one of Arizona’s 40 Under 40 Hispanic Leaders. Mr. Perez is a proud graduate of Valley Leadership Class 36 and Valle Del Sol- Hispanic Leadership Institute 2014 class.
Outside of education, Mr. Perez enjoys spending time with his wife and six month puppy- Canelo. Mr. Perez enjoys exploring the outdoor adventures Arizona offers, and giving back to the community.
Stacey Boucher - Assistant Principal for Teaching & Learning
Dr. Stacey Boucher is the Assistant Principal for Teaching & Learning at Academia del Pueblo. In this role, she hopes to provide all teachers with the support they need to maximize their skills and professional development, in order to increase school wide student achievement. Her knowledge and expertise in special and general education curriculum has equipped her with the ability to evaluate and assess a variety of student needs, regardless of their cultural, social, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Dr. Boucher is originally from the island country of Jamaica. She spent most of her adult life in New York City, where she began her life-long career in education as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher. In 2008, Dr. Boucher moved to Arizona, and worked as a special education teacher and Instructional Coach for the Tempe Elementary School District. In the classroom, Dr. Boucher was authentic and incredibly positive towards her students. Her encouraging demeanor, work ethic, and genuine desire for student achievement made her an exceptional teacher. As an Instructional Coach, she served as a role model for many other teachers, and recognized great successes working in schools with nearly 80 % free and reduced lunch, from Pre-K through 8th grade.
Dr. Boucher has also proven to be an exceptional leader, and continues to grow in that area. Dr. Boucher is a 2015 Rodel Aspring Principal. She has also served on many leadership committees, making decisions and disaggregating school data in order to examine instructional practices to increase student achievement.
On a personal note, Dr. Boucher is married to her wonderful husband. Together they have one daughter, who keeps them very busy. She enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
Dr. Stacey Boucher/ email@example.com
Franccesca Cruz - Accounting Supervisor
Franccesca Cruz-Ortega is the accounting supervisor for Friendly House and Academia del Pueblo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Puerto Rico and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Adult Education. She is certified in Spanish and Adult education. In addition, she is a certified notary. She is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and relocated 11 years ago venturing new opportunities in Arizona . She has 20 years’ of experience in accounting and has been a member of the Friendly House family for over 8 years. She began her career at Friendly House as an ESL instructor in the Adult Education department and transitioned to the Workforce Department in 2009. She began her role in accounting the following year and started working with Academia del Pueblo in 2012. In this role, she worked on accounting and grant budgeting. In 2014, she was promoted to Accounting Supervisor and has been an integral part of the Academia del Pueblo team.
In addition, she was nominated as an outstanding employee for Profiles of Success with Valle del Sol in 2011. Ms. Cruz-Ortega is a proud Godmother of 4 boys. She enjoys traveling, helping the Hispanic community and spending time with her family and friends in Puerto Rico
Franccesa Cruz-Ortega/ Franccesca.Cruz@friendlyhouse.org
Jose Hernandez - Paraprofessional/Intervenionist
Lorena Gutierrez - School Support Manager
Montse Salazar - SAIS Data Specialist
Montserrat Salazar Ortiz is a SAIS Specialist at Academia del Pueblo. In this position, she supports our school wide data system. She was raised in Arizona and is originally from Mexico. Montserrat enjoys spending time with her daughter, watching her grow every day in every way. She believes education is the key to success and always encourages every student to stay in school and never give up. Previously, she worked as a receptionist at a charter high school. Her main goal is to major in the education field, and make a positive change in every family she meets and every student she interacts with.
Dolores Sera - Maintenance Supervisor
Matthew Blair - Counselor
Matthew Blair is a counselor at Academia del Pueblo. I have been a Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona for 10 years. I currently hold 2 Masters Degrees from NAU (Counseling & Educational Leadership). My hobbies include writing children’s books, playing basketball, and spending time with my 2 kids, Daniel (3) and Ryleigh (7). I have also been teaching psychology courses through the Maricopa County Community College District for the last 8 years. I have a passion for counseling/teaching, and aim to inspire others to always follow their dreams.
Matthew C. Blairfirstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Aragon - Paraprofessional
Indira Barraza - Paraprofessional
Perla Bamm - Receptionist