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Leadership Team

Glenda AlemanGlenda Aleman
Executive Director 

Glenda Aleman, Ph.D., began her educational career as a bilingual elementary teacher in the LAUSD. While teaching, Dr. Aleman pursued a master's degree in Social Foundations of Education, from Cal State Los Angeles. Disenchanted by the poor state of many of our urban public schools, Dr. Aleman became a founding teacher at Los Angeles Leadership Academy. Dr. Aleman received a Doctorate in Urban Education from UCLA and became a Professor in the School of Education at Cal State University, Dominguez-Hills. Within this capacity, Dr. Aleman trained many teachers in pedagogy, multicultural education, and student teaching. Dr. Aleman moved back to the charter school system as the Teacher Induction Director at Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC). Committed to the success of the charter system, Dr. Aleman served on the Board of Directors of Arts in Action Community Charter School, and then took on the challenge of becoming the founding Principal

KalinKalin Balcomb

Middle School Principal

Director of Special Education and Student Services

Kalin Balcomb has worked as the Director of Special Education and Student Services at Arts in Action for the last three years.  Before working at Arts in Action, Kalin worked on the Big Island of Hawaii as a Special Education teacher and Student Services Coordinator and completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education through Chaminade University in Honolulu. During her time at Arts in Action, Kalin has developed the Special Education department.  Kalin is also in charge of summer school and other student support services on campus. 



Elysa Vargas

Elementary Principal 

Ms. Vargas began working in an early childhood education setting during college as a corps member for Jumpstart. Following graduation, she continued to seek educational equity for all students by applying to Teach for America (TFA). Through TFA Ms. Vargas accepted a full time instructional position as a 5th grade language arts and history teacher with Bright Star Schools. Over the next 9 years she served the organization as the Assistant Principal (2008-2011) and as the Principal of the 5/6 campus (2012-2015). Drawn to the mission of an arts infused curriculum and a social justice minded culture, Ms. Vargas currently holds the position of elementary Principal at Arts in Action Community Charter School. Ms. Vargas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pitzer College, a Masters of Arts in School Administration and a Certificate in Charter School Leadership from Loyola Marymount University's School of Education.
Erin Kleiner
Elementary Assistant Principal 
Erin Kleiner studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she double-majored in English Literature and Linguistics, with an emphasis in Spanish. Ms. Kleiner applied and was selected to the Teach for America program as a part of the 2010 New Mexico corps. She served native students in grades K-8 for two years through teaching, tutoring and coaching sports. Ms. Kleiner graduated with Distinction from the University of New Mexico in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She worked for four years as a 6th grade ELA and science teacher with Stella Middle Charter Academy (Bright Star Schools) in South Los Angeles. Ms. Kleiner graduated with a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the 2016 Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) cohort at UCLA.