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Susan Armenta with student

Susan Armenta
Susan Armenta teaches at Monarch High School, a two-room school in downtown San Diego, California. The school primarily serves homeless students. Susan’s formidable task is to reach and educate children who have lived transient lives, often with little education. She teaches 12-year-olds who can’t read, 19-year-olds who take college level courses, and students at many levels in between, so Susan must tailor her instruction for each individual student. Susan demonstrates the belief that all students can learn and how teachers must adapt their methods to the individual needs of students.

Monarch High School is part of the Progressive Learning Alternative Center for Education, or “The P.L.A.C.E.” The P.L.A.C.E. provides educational services on a daily basis for approximately 50 transient teenage young men and women, ages 15-19 in grades 9-12. Some of the students are temporarily residing in various shelters and others are on the street without safe residence. This program allows students to continue to pursue all courses required for graduation. They also may prepare for and/or take the G.E.D. exam or California High School Proficiency Exam. Extensive career guidance, employment referral, and personal counseling through a variety of community-based agencies are also available.