WSCS continues to seek qualified board members to help us realize our vision of a community-based secondary charter school in Westchester. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The founders of WSCS are parents, teachers, and community members who all are committed to public education and who believe the establishment of this school is necessary not only to serve its students, but also to reinvigorate and stabilize all of the public school offerings in Westchester. The founders have demonstrated their commitment to public education through long and dedicated education careers in Westchester, countless volunteer hours to the local schools and their support groups, and making substantial financial contributions. Many of the founders have worked together across several schools and sat on community boards and committees together.
Janet Landon, Principal and Co-Founder, has 20+ years of experience in education, with credentials in Administration Tier One, Secondary English, Multiple Subjects, Gifted, Schools Attuned, and CLAD. Before founding WSCS, she was a theater and English teacher who spent 11 years running an award-winning drama program at Orville Wright Middle School. She donated her time to Westchester High School, as the school re-established its musical theater program. She also served on the faculty at Westside Global Awareness Magnet, as well as Huntington Park High School in its Renaissance School of the Arts, part of a program recently re-constituted through the District’s Public School Choice Program. Ms. Landon has served in leadership positions throughout her tenure in the Westchester community, including service on the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa’s Education Committee. She was active in the District’s i-Design movement, serving on the Transition Team at Westchester High School and the Autonomy Exploratory Committee at Orville Wright Middle School. Before becoming a teacher, Ms. Landon was a professional actress in New York City and Los Angeles, and founded/operated Shanklin West Theatre Company.
Ms. Landon believes that all students have the right to a quality education supported by caring professionals dedicated to that purpose. She is dedicated to WSCS’s core values/mission of ensuring a rigorous liberal arts education for all.
graduated from Westchester schools and UCLA. He graduated with a civil engineering degree, and works as the Director of Business Development and Community Outreach Coordinator with Jenkins, Gales & Martinez, Inc., a firm with extensive experience in school construction, including LAUSD and charter schools. Mr. Gales also served in the administration of Mayor James Hahn, managing a community improvement program in South and West Los Angeles. He serves on the board for the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce and volunteers with the YMCA’s Youth and Government Program. Mr. Gales is passionate about serving and developing the community he has called home for more than 30 years. Chair: CEO Support and Evaluation. Chair: CEO Support and Evaluation.
Lacy Billingsley began his relationship with WSCS in 2014 as a volunteer math tutor. During this time period, he learned the mission statement of the school not just from reading it on a piece of paper, but witnessing it first hand through student interactions. As a tutor, it was his goal to use his resources to help give students the best educational experience possible. As his resources have increased over time, he wanted to contribute more and joined the board this summer. Lacy currently works for Helix Electric as a project manager and engineer building large projects on the west side of L.A.. Raised in Oakland, he was a member of the Bay Area Inner City Leadership Alliance and the Scientist Executive Board at Cal Poly SLO. His degree in Electrical Engineering is from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
is an Urban Planning graduate from UC Berkeley. He served LA City Planning for 30 years,17 of those supervising and counseling in the details of getting projects filed, approved or appealed. Projects ranged from Hollywood/Highland to complex hillside homes. He created the Master Application Form still used today, the first digital forms, and was the primary reference for designing of the Department's case tracking system. Andy supervised the Public Counter during the years when it generated cases numbering over 10,000. To the best of his knowledge Andy is still the only person in LA's permitting complex to have fully participated in the process they were administering. He designed, entitled, financed, and constructed his home (a second is yet to be built) undergoing reviews for specific plans and hillside projects including two public hearings. Andy was a pioneer in the use of video in planning. In 1983, while developing Hollywood station area plans for the Red Line subway, he created a video to communicate issues surrounding the revitalization of Hollywood.
is a resident of Ladera Heights and has been a Counselor with Green Dot’s Animo Leadership Charter High School for 10 years. She holds a degree in sociology from UCLA and a Master’s degree from LaVerne University, and is fluent in Spanish. Ms. Moreno has a strong commitment to ensuring students receive a great public education that prepares them for college. She is excited about using her vast experience in college counseling to help WSCS prepare its students for college, and for making sure the local community has options when selecting their K-12 education. Chair: Academic Excellence.
is a Southern California native who lives in the Westchester community. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing. For the last 15 years, Ms. Silva has enjoyed a successful sales career at Xerox Corporation supporting a wide range of clients from multiple industries. Ms. Silva has a passion for both participating in and supporting the arts after retiring from a 20-year semi-professional ballet career and being trained as a classical pianist. She donates and volunteers regularly with local dance and music programs. Ms. Silva has been actively involved in marketing and fundraising events for WSCS since the school’s inception and is excited to join the board and provide her expertise in developing partnerships with local businesses. Co-Chair: Communications and Public Relations.
is a resident of Playa del Rey, a local business owner, and a long-time community leader. She has been an LAX Coastal Chamber member for 25 years and is a past Chairman of its board. She is currently chair of the Chamber’s Education Committee. As a Rotarian for 23 years and past Rotary President, she is a founder of the Teacher Mini-Grant Program and the Westchester July 4th Parade, and is Vocational Service Chair for the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club. She cares deeply about education and has been involved with local schools for over 20 years. She recognizes that WSCS is a major asset to, and greatly needed in, the community and wants to help promote its growth. She is excited to help WSCS become the neighborhood middle and high school in the neighborhood. Co-chair: Development, and Communications and Public Relations
Community member and teacher coach Yasmin Dunn was selected by the WSCS faculty to be their representative on the Board of Directors during the school's opening year. She is now Assistant Principal at St. Bernard's High School in Westchester. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University and former high school teacher, Ms. Dunn has extensive experience in charter schools, including KIPP and ICEF schools. As a Professional Development Coach with Catapult Learning, she trained teachers in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and data-driven instruction. She was an adjunct professor in the Shirley M. Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University, where she taught graduate level courses in the teaching credential program. Ms. Dunn helped to oversee WSCS’s successful application to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for accreditation. Fluent in French, she spent five years as Director of Teacher Development and Training for Kaplan Paris.
Terry Marcellus, Board member emeritus
Terry Marcellus is a lifelong resident of Westchester. He is a graduate of Westchester High School, as are his three daughters. He holds a B.A. from UCLA where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and he holds a Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law.
For more than 20 years he conducted a private legal practice specializing in family estate and small business planning and contracts. More than fifteen years ago he joined the management team of a client in the architecture and engineering field and became the initial Contract Manager for the Alameda Corridor development program. He has held contract management, deputy director, and principal-in-charge positions on numerous programs, including the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Community College District construction bond programs. Currently he serves as the Commercial Contract Manager for the team providing program management services to the California High Speed Rail Authority.
Throughout his career, Mr. Marcellus has been an active and involved member of the Westchester/Playa del Rey community. He has served as president of the Westchester Vitalization Corporation, the Westchester/LAX Chamber of Commerce, the Westchester Family YMCA and the Westchester High School Booster Club. As chairman of the Education Committee of the Westchester Playa Neighborhood Council, he was a leader in the effort to make local public schools a viable alternative for Westchester and Playa del Rey families. Mr. Marcellus received the Howard Drollinger Achievement Award in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding work with education in the local communities.
The founding team of WSCS knows that there is a wealth of experience and knowledge that has developed since the inception of charter schools in California 20 years ago. The Board has selected consultants in the areas of charter development, management and finance, and law to supplement its own areas of expertise and experience. These firms also train and educate the Board, critical in helping to ensure a successful experience for WSCS, its students, families, and personnel.
ExED is a non-profit organization that assists Southern California charter schools with the essential functions securing affordable facilities, complying with state and federal regulations, accounting and payroll. ExED has worked with more than 75 charter schools serving more than 15,000 students. ExED has worked with WSCS since prior to its incorporation, and provides WSCS’s back-office services.
Young, Minney & Corr LLP
Young, Minney & Corr LLP (YM&C), formerly Middleton, Young and Minney (MYM), is the premier charter school law firm California and represents more than half of California’s charter schools. It has been a leader in charter school representation since the passage of California’s Charter Schools Act of 1992, and it offers expertise in every facet of charter school creation, expansion and operation – including charter school petitions, renewals and revocations, employment and labor law, non-profit incorporations, board governance, facilities, student issues, policy development and more. YM&C represents WSCS; the firm provides legal services and advice in all areas on charter school law, and training to WSCS’s Board of Directors.
California Charter Schools Association
WSCS is a member of the California Charter Schools Association, which advances the charter school movement through state and local advocacy, leadership on accountability, and resources for member schools. CCSA is a trusted source of data and information on California’s charter schools for parents, authorizers, legislators, the press and other interested groups.