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Teachers and Staff


Mr. Toney Donnell, 7th Grade

Born and raised in southern California Mr. Donnell spent 4 years in New Orleans for undergrad. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. He majored in psychology and minored in chemistry while also taking classes in biology and physics. He was involved throughout his time in college through various research, volunteer, and community service opportunities. Returning home, he worked as a one on one aid for an 8-year-old student with special needs. Inspired and impressed, Mr. Donnell became intent on delivering the best quality instructional practices for diverse groups of students, especially young men of color. He believes the Boys Academic Leadership Academy will be a place that meets the needs of all learners.


Words to describe Mr. Donnell are inquisitive, patient, reflective, and caring. He has two younger brothers. Growing up they played sports year-round. It was a big sports home, but also a home filled with togetherness and love. His youngest brother is starting year two at Grand Canyon University, and the other is in the U.S. Navy. They all have a close relationship. They talk regularly, and really enjoy being around each other. Mr. Donnell has been blessed to have positive role models that have supported him in his life journey thus far. He hopes to be the same supporting force for his students each day. He will be teaching 7th grade math and science at BAL academy this year.

Syllabi: CC Math 7, Science 7, Health 7, Environmental Science, Advisory



Ms. Karen Glenn, Teacher

Ms. Mikol Greene, Teacher

Mr. Tommy Johnson, 6th Grade

Originally from Houston, Texas, Thomas Johnson graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in English Literature before traveling to Taiwan to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to Chinese-speaking Kindergarten and elementary students. In addition to his formal teaching experience, Mr. Johnson volunteers as a coach and mentor at Christian Athlete Hockey Camps and as an after-school tutor with 826LA, a nonprofit organization focused on increasing literacy and writing skills. In his free time, Mr. Johnson enjoys running, camping, playing guitar, writing travel stories, and watching superhero movies.

Syllabi: Advisory, English, History, Media Expressions



Mr. Anthony Mayrie, Physical Education


Ms. Ryoko Matsui, 6th Grade

Upon earning her Bachelor of Science degrees in Retailing and Marketing from Syracuse University, Ms. Matsui worked in the fashion industry for 8 years. She found corporate business to be unrewarding, therefore, spent every free moment volunteering with children and animals. Eventually, Ms. Matsui returned to National University to earn her teaching credential and Master’s degree in Urban Education, and she began her teaching career 17 years ago in South Los Angeles. She also taught elementary and middle school in Koreatown before coming to BALA. In addition to teaching, Ryoko served as a mentor teacher to student teachers, assisted the athletic director for two years, and supervised high school students earn their service learning hours at dog adoption events. Throughout her tenure in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Ms. Matsui has participated in multiple professional development opportunities including Kagan cooperative structures, cognitively guided instruction, STEM activities, and reading/writing workshops. As a strong believer in social justice and creating a strong school culture to support our young men of color in excellence, leadership, and wellness, Ryoko is excited to be a part of the BALA community. 


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Syllabi: Advisory, Math, Science, Creative Expressions


Mr. Miguel Sanchez, 7th Grade

Mr. Sanchez was born and raised in El Centro, a desert town on the border between California and Mexico. He started working in education when he first attended UCLA as an undergraduate and joined Amigos de UCLA, a tutoring and mentoring program that serves the Arlington Heights community. Mr. Sanchez believes that fostering relationships with students is a crucial part of creating a welcoming academic community. He looks forward to creating this school culture at BALA with his colleagues. Mr.z Sanchez likes reading comic books, riding his longboard at the beach, and spending time with his friends and family.


Syllabi: Advisory, English, History, Intervention


Mr. Edgar Torres, Music Department

Born and raised in North East Los Angeles, Mr. Torres is an alumni of the Los Angeles Unified School District. While completing his undergraduate work/teaching credential in Music, Mr. Torres’s journey with education began with an after school program called “Building Up LA” at Markham, Drew, John Adams, and Nightingale middle school. From there he transitioned to a position of a teacher’s assistant at Jefferson HS and finally as a teacher, re-building a music program from scratch that had been obsolete for almost 2 years. His time at Jefferson H.S. included establishing a championship marching band and drum line, and teaching other courses such as Jazz Band, Guitar, Music Tech and Beginning Band. In his spare time Mr. Torres enjoys working out, practicing on some of his favorite instruments like the piano, trumpet, and guitar, and traveling to Hawaii and Las Vegas whenever possible.

Syllabi: Advisory, Guitar, Music Lab



Supporting Staff

Mr. Edgar Angulo, Director of Scholar Life (Dean)

Mr. Angulo was raised in South Gate by a single parent and attended public schools in our community.  With the support of my friends, educators and family, he graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills, with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and from Pepperdine University earning two Master Degrees in Education and Administration. He has been a teacher for L.A.U.S.D. since 2006 and worked various positions within the district since 1999. Through his professional experience, he has learned to work closely with parents, community organizations, and community stakeholders in an effort to raise awareness  and establish working relationships to ensure student success.




Mr. John U. Aquino, School Counselor

Originally, born in the Philippines, Mr. Aquino immigrated to the United States in 1986.  Mr. Aquino is a proud alumni of LAUSD's Queen Anne Elementary, Mount Vernon Junior High and Alexander Hamilton High School.  After high school, Mr. Aquino received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999.  Mr. Aquino then received a Masters of Science in Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the San Francisco State University in 2004.  After living in San Francisco, Mr. Aquino returned to his home in Los Angeles.  Mr. Aquino is a proud member of the 262 club, for those who have finished a full marathon.  He is also a performer with Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts where he has performed with the Black-Eyed Peas in the Hollywood Bowl, in the Merrie Monarch in Hilo, Hawaii and in the Staples Center to name a few.  Mr. Aquino is a foodie and loves to cook and eat!  He loves to travel but can also kick-it homestyle like hermit.



Ms. Joana Mares, School Administrative Assistant

Born in Los Angeles, Ms. Mares attended Workman HS in the City of Industry.  After high school, Ms. Mares attended the California State University of Los Angeles.  She is the proud mother of 3 boys. She loves barbecue ribs and iced coffee.  When at work, she can be found watching her sons play soccer.  Don't let her calm demeanor fool you, Ms. Mares holds a black belt in karate.  Watch out!


Mr. Lino Medina, Teacher Assistant

Ms. Anisa Reid, Psychiatric Social Worker

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with a minor in Counseling. Ms. Reid discovered her true desire to foster change in the lives of children. During that time, Ms. Reid was able to work with children and families in transitional housing centers, as a tutor, and as a youth group leader. Ms. Reid realized that she wanted to enter a field that was all about advocating for people and changing the stigma around mental health, especially in the African-American and Latino communities. To aid with this strong passion and desire, Ms. Reid went on to earn her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California (USC) with a concentration in Mental Health and School Settings. Ms. Reid has also worked with children who have experienced many kinds of trauma and grief. In her spare time Ms. Reid enjoys traveling, admiring nature, and spending quality time with her family.  


Room: 109


Ms. Krystal Rogers, Office Technician

Born in Los Angeles, Krystal knew at an early age that she loved the Arts and anything creative and colorful. She started dancing at the age of 3, danced in her first music video at the age of 12 and never looked back. It was her mother putting her in these dance classes because she was such an introvert, that helped fuel her passion. A product of Hamilton High School Academy of Music and CSULA where she was a Theater Arts and Dance major, she went on to become a professional dancer for various artists in the industry. After years of dancing she wanted more and decided to enroll in a video production class. While still in the class, she was hired as the 1st Assistant Cameraman on her first Independent Movie named "The Wait." She aspires to eventually become a writer and editor for TV. So Shonda Rhimes better watch out! Krystal is a movie buff, naturally. Loves all of the genres, but is especially fond of the sci-fi category and everything Harry Potter. She also enjoys wine tasting and anything FOOD!