Meet Our Team

We are a team of dedicated educators with a wide range of skills and experience. We love Los Angeles Unified, Local District Northeast, our students, and we do it with a passion.

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Andrés Chait

Local District Superintendent

Andrés Chait has been an educator for 24 years in Los Angeles Unified and has served in numerous roles. He was a school-site administrator, including serving as principal at 2 different schools, for more than 6 years, before transitioning to positions in HR and Local District Operations. Mr. Chait was named Superintendent for Local District Northeast in January of 2020.

José Razo

Administrator of Operations

José Razo was a classroom teacher and held other positions before being a principal for 8 years, first at Lankershim Elementary in North Hollywood, then at Telfair Elementary in Pacoima. In 2019, Mr. Razo became an instructional director for LDNE and oversaw 17 elementary schools. He was promoted in 2020 as the administrator of operations where he oversees all 122 schools.

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Sandra Gephart Fontana

Administrator of Instruction

As a longtime educator, Sandra Gephart Fontana has dedicated her professional career to the students of Los Angeles Unified. She has been the Administrator of Instruction for Local District Northeast since 2018, and was a secondary director for the Local District prior to that. Before joining the LDNE, Ms. Fontana was a principal and assistant principal at Arleta High School.

Dr. Alma Flores

Administrator of Instruction

Dr. Alma Flores has been employed in Los Angeles Unified for over 27 years. She was an educator in various capacities for 13 years before spending 12 years as an elementary school principal. In 2020, Dr. Flores became the a Lead Director in LDNE before becoming Administrator of Instruction in 2021. She holds 2 bachelors degrees from UCSB, 2 masters degrees from CSLA and CSUN, and a Doctor of Education from Brandman University.

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Patrizia Puccio Thomas

Administrator of Parent & Community Engagement

Patrizia Puccio is the proud child of immigrant parents and an LAUSD alumna. Ms. Puccio began working for LAUSD when she was 18 years old as an after school program worker and teaching assistant. She was a teacher for 10 years, a coordinator for 9 years, then became an elementary school principal. Ms. Puccio was promoted to Administrator of Parent & Community Engagement in 2018.

Alesha Haase

Administrator of Special Education

Alesha Haase is an LAUSD alumna and has worked in the District for 24 years. She was a special education teacher, Program Specialist, and Least Restrictive Environment Specialist in San Fernando Valley. In 2015, Ms. Haase was named the Administrator of Special Education for LDNE where she supports the special education needs at all LDNE school sites.

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Community of Schools Administrators

John Rome
Sun Valley Community of Schools Administrator

Maria Nichols
North Hollywood/Valley Village Community of Schools Administrator

Vicky Damonte
Van Nuys/Valley Glen Community of Schools Administrator

Carmina Nacorda
Sunland/Tujunga Community of Schools Administrator

Dr. Elizabeth Beltran
Panorama City of Schools Administrator

Eduardo Solórzano
San Fernando/Sylmar Community of Schools Administrator

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