Ofelia Valdez
Principal, New Horizons Charter Academy
North Hollywood, CA

Ms. Ofelia Valdez discovered education by accident and like many young teachers, she fell in love with the work, retiring after 37 wonderful years in the profession. When our client, Dr. Susan Kumar, began New Horizons Charter Academy, she wanted the best leader for the school. Board Member and former Special Education Superintendent, Donnalyn Jacque-Anton knew exactly whom to hire–Ofelia Valdez, charming her out of retirement to mentor New Horizons’ teachers and give them the tools to develop young minds. Today, New Horizons Charter Academy is a model for progressive, inclusive education where every child receives the education they so richly deserve, and Banc of California is there to support the school’s extraordinary vision of a better education.


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