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Dr. Edward Trimis (BA, MA, EdD.), Principal  has held several teaching and administrative positions in Los Angeles at all levels and has been responsible for many reforms and innovative music and arts programs in schools featured in several newspapers and local and national journals, is an adjunct professor at USC, is a highly sought after presenter at local, state-wide, and national conferences, and frequently serves the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as a visiting team chair. He has served as a principal at Verdugo Hills High School, City of Angels School and Virtual Academy, and Manual Arts High School, assistant principal at Polytechnic High School, central office positions as a Specialist (Grants Unit) and Coordinator (Operations), and teacher at Huntington Park High School  and Berendo Middle School.

Trimis is proud member of the National Association for Music Education, LAUSD Senior High School Principals Organization, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Jazz Educators Network, the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). You may find his complete bio at www.visualcv.com/etrimis



Brenda Barragan (BA, MA), Assistant Principal, taught for eleven years in Social Science-History before becoming an administrator. Her last 7 years of teaching, Barragan also served as leadership advisor. She was Magnet and Testing Coordinator at Southeast High School and successfully led the transition from Tech and Media Magnet to S.T.E.A.M. Magnet. Brenda was the first in her family to attend college and earned a BA from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California.



Ariel Legaspi (BA, MA), TSP/EL Coordinator, taught msic for 15 years prior to serving the Legacy VAPA community. Mr. Legaspi is responsible for the Title One/TSP and English Learner program in addition to the Smarter Balanced Assessments, New Teacher program, and co-leads the Professional Development program at Legacy VAPA.



Ms. Griselda Solis is the 11th and 12th Grade and head counselor at VAPA as well as working with English Learners and PSAT.



Ms. Gorety Brown is the 9th and 10th Grade counselor at Legacy VAPA.  She has her BA in Psychology and her Masters in School Counseling from California State University, Northridge. She has been working with all grade levels at various sites since 2013.