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Lead Founder and proposed Executive Director of Perseverance Preparatory School, Ms. LeeNatali began working with high school students at Downtown College Preparatory School on the Alameda, then joined Teach For America and taught at Cornerstone Academy Preparatory School (“Cornerstone”) in the Franklin-McKinley School District. Cornerstone, a 2014 California Distinguished School located within the boundaries of San Jose, was also founded by a Fellow with Building Excellent Schools. At Cornerstone, Ms. LeeNatali taught 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades, piloted a leadership curriculum based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, served on the school’s Hiring Committee, and contributed as Master Teacher for the pilot Teacher Residency Program. Bringing a deep commitment to the students and families of San Jose and a regional as well as national network of training and support from Building Excellent Schools, Ms. LeeNatali earned a BA in Law and Social Justice, as well as a BS in Psychology, and Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials from Loyola Marymount University. 

Ms LeeNatali will discuss Perseverance Preparatory School, a 5th-8th grade school for the underserved students of San Jose. Perseverance Prep educates students through rigorous academics, targeted instruction, and service learning for a life of ethical leadership and scholarly success. 

Alex LeeNatali
Apr 19, 2018

Katia Gomez was awarded a District Scholarship in 2011 to complete her Master's Degree in Global Health at Boston University. Since then she has opened eight schools across Honduras through her nonprofit Educate2Envision and been awarded Top US Changemaker under 25 by Do, 25 Women in the World to Watch under 25 by Newsweek, and Top 12 Young Entrepreneurs Doing Good by Forbes. She currently serves as a Fellow for both Ashoka and Cordes Foundation, that honor entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to tackling global poverty. 

Limited access to schooling beyond sixth grade for the world's poorest countries is our generation's biggest challenge to achieving universal education. Katia will share her insights from several years of experience working in rural Honduras and the pathway her organization has created to transforming out-of-school youth into community leaders. 

Katia Gomez
Apr 26, 2018
Mayor Sam Liccardo
May 10, 2018