Chris Medinger began his Everest Value journey in a conversation with then-CEO Gerry Jacoby: “The bad news is we’re not promoting you to vice-principal. The good news is we’re asking you to start a whole new school.”
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Jacqueline Gonzalez-Reyes had a flashback when the novel coronavirus upended education in 2020. “It’s just like 2014 and we’re starting a school again! We’re building the plane in the air!”
Edgar Nguyen thought he was meant to be a firefighter, and was just a step or two short of that destination, when by happy accident he agreed to help a friend clean out the basement at Downtown Value School.
Gaines Newborn brought the glue. Little did Gaines know 20 years ago that his work with Chris Medinger at the YMCA would translate to a charter school career.
Bobby Marquez brought the math (and more). Fresh from an education program at Loyola-Marymount and Teach For America training, Bobby was recruited ten years ago to Downtown Value School by then-principal Gerry Jacoby.
Alice Dryden brought the music. With a background in music education and composition, Alice brought performance talent. More than that, she brought a keen ability to draw the music out of every child.
By Daniel Lee (11th grade)
Chanel W., a senior at Value Schools, is relatively new to our community. Chanel came to Central City Value in 10th grade, seeking greater diversity, new opportunities, and a more academically challenging environment.
By Dayana Rodas
By Stephanie Castallenos