Raul Lomeli was born to a Mexican family in East side Salinas, CA. Amidst gang violence and drugs, he was fortunate enough to have role models in his family who demonstrated that any educational and career goal or pursuit was attainable through hard work (ganas), and dedication. His Mother’s family migrated from Mexico to Salinas when they were all in their teens or pre-teens, and 5 out of the 7 attained at least a Bachelors degree from some of the most prestigious schools in California. The examples they set forth and their support ensured a clear path for Raul in higher education. In order to stay close to home, he decided to attend Santa Clara University where he studied and received degrees in Psychology and Music. His time at SCU was fruitful; filled with learning and creativity. A few years later, he began a teaching career in Salinas, CA as a part time Music teacher. Teaching was exciting and extremely rewarding for him as he had always wanted to give back to the community where he originated. He quickly began working toward an MA degree in Education and a teaching credential. After two years at Alisal High School and after revitalizing the Music program, he joined the Latino College Preparatory Academy and once again felt an immediate connection with the community; staff, students, and parents. He was determined to make a positive impact in the lives of the students he taught. During his years as a teacher at LCPA he founded the Music program and was the Volleyball coach during the 2010-2011 season. In order to further serve the LCPA community he worked on and received his administrative credential and became an Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Shortly thereafter, and with the recommendation and support of the NHU foundation and teaching staff, he took on the position of Director in February of 2013. Over the last couple of years he has been awed by the progress of the students. This progress has been possible due to consistent and true collaboration within the LCPA familia! They experienced the highest GPA average as a school (Semester 2 of 2013-2014), and are soon to go above and beyond any expectation in terms of students that will be accepted to a 4 year University. "All students can and will succeed at very high levels when the right resources are allocated and when a community arises to support the students in their educational and career paths. " - R. Lomeli
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