Charles Miller
 For the past ten years, Mr. Miller’s professional life has focused on educating students, including as a Director of after-school programs for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, a founding middle school teacher at Voices College-Bound Language Academy, Principal of Voices College-Bound Language Academy, and now Principal of Camino Nuevo - Burlington. As a founding teacher, Mr. Miller created the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math and Science curriculum as well as serving as the school liaison in forming the Voices parent leadership group (Voices Parent Advisory Committee, VPAC). His 7th and 8th grade math classes earned recognition as one of the highest performing classes for low-income Latino students in the state of California. Since the first moment he stepped on campus, Mr. Miller has been inspired by the rigorous culture of activism and social justice among Burlington teachers, parents, and students.
Mr. Miller studied History and Spanish at Boston College and enjoys running, hiking, dancing salsa, and spending time with his wife and daughter, Jeimee and Maia.
Juliana Santos
Assistant Principal 
As Assistant Principal, Juliana Santos is responsible for the successful implementation and management of the Bilingual Program at the Burlington Campus. In addition, she is responsible for instructional coaching and evaluation of teachers. Since joining CNCA in 2005, Juliana Santos taught 3rd and 4th grades for 9 years, and is now serving as Assistant Principal. Juliana’s strong background and knowledge of bilingual education, conceptual math, workshop model, and restorative practices allows her to lead teachers and bring evidence-based practices that increase engagement, improve student achievement and build teacher capacity. Juliana’s professional and personal mission is to empower low-income, immigrant children to pursue their dreams and ensure that college is a real possibility in their lives.

Juliana Santos completed her Bachelor Arts in Psychology at University of California, Santa Barbara and her Masters Degree in Elementary and Bilingual Education at Loyola Marymount University.
Paloma Kumagai
Assistant Principal of Instruction

Paloma Kumagai is originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Arizona State University. Immediately after graduating college, she decided to move to Honolulu, Hawaii. During her time in paradise, Paloma worked as a Spanish teacher, Special Educator and as the Director of Equity and Student Success.


During Paloma's time in Hawaii she created systemic structures allowing for efficient and student-centered practices for students who qualified for Special Education Services. In addition, lead a variety of initiatives including the creation of an Inclusion Action Research group, which later allowed students with disabilities in the general education setting at a school that had only provided pull-out services for students who qualified for special education for the last 30 years.


As a member of the Waialae School Board, she proposed and was able to pass a Diversity Statement, a policy providing a welcoming environment to all students regardless of race, immigration status, ethnicity, and/or gender.

Kimberly Plaza
Assistant Principal of Student Support
Kimberly Plaza started her time at Burlington as a teacher. Her first year at Burlington, she served as the 7th grade Math/Science teacher. Her second year, she transitioned to teaching 7th and 8th grade Math only. In her third year, she returned to Burlington as a full time intervention teacher and moved into the Dean of Culture position near the middle of the school year. As the Dean of Culture, Kimberly is responsible for leading the school-wide efforts to build and maintain a strong, positive, and achievement-based school culture for all student in grades K-8. She is responsible for creating behavior systems that work for all students. In addition, she supports teachers and staff in addressing behavior problems that arise in order to ensure that all students feel safe at school and are receiving the maximum amount of instruction. Kimberly Plaza was promoted to the role of Assistant Principal of Student Support on July 2019. 


Kimberly is a Teach for America alum. She was a part of the 2010 Corps. As a 2010 Corps member, Kimberly was a founding teacher at Rocketship Los Suenos Academy in San Jose, CA where she taught Kindergarten Literacy for two years and 2nd grade Math for an additional two years.


Kimberly completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She hopes to one day complete a Master’s in Educational Psychology and work towards earning an Administrative Credential.


Alonzo Gandara
Family Coordinator

As the Family Coordinator at Burlington, Alonzo Gandara is responsible for being the liaison between the school and the families through providing educational parent workshops, case management and coordination of referrals to other support programs. In addition, facilitates parent engagement activities to ensure student academic success. Prior to joining Camino Nuevo, Alonzo’s commitment to work in urban communities started as a Case Manager for Shields For Families which services the cities of Compton and Watts in Los Angeles County.


Alonzo completed his Bachelors of Arts at California State University of Long Beach in the field of Psychology. He enjoys cycling, playing soccer and eating.

Janya Diaz 
School Operations Manager




Janya Diaz started her journey at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Burlington August 2015 as a first-grade teacher’s assistant for two years. She then was promoted to the Office Manager due to her Management experience. In July 2019, her position was revised and accepted a new role as School Operations Manager for the Burlington campus. As the School Operations Manager, Janya is responsible to maintain a safe environment for everyone that visits the Burlington campus, manages the office staff and ensures the school is always ready for a positive learning experience for all students. 


Janya was born in Nicaragua and immigrated to the United States October 1986. She attended Magnolia Elementary School, Berendo Middle School, and San Pedro High School.  She attended Los Angeles Trade Tech college and received her Office Administration degree and certification in 2003.  In 2013, she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Leadership and is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.