Yvette Montellano is excited about beginning her third year as the Elementary School Operations Manager. Her role includes overseeing state attendance procedures, the child nutrition program, facility upkeep and supporting the School Director. She brings over 10 years experience working in public schools from Long Beach to Santa Ana to Equitas Academy. Mrs. Montellano started her career as an After-School Program Site Director with the Long Beach YMCA. During her 7 years with the YMCA, she was part of the founding team that created After-School University, which trained new after-school programs on best practices and increased alignment of the school day and after-school programming. Mrs. Montellano’s passion for education grew stronger while working with students and encouraged her to become a life long learner. At the age of 27, Mrs. Montellano went back to school full-time in order to accomplish one of her personal goals of completing her college education. In May 2012, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Education from Concordia University, Irvine. Mrs. Montellano realized what sacrifice and hard work it took for her to earn her degree and Equitas Academy Charter School’s mission and values drew her to join the Equitas team.