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Support Staff

Mrs. Olivia Silva, TSPA


Mrs. Silva is currently the Targeted Student Population Adviser at Sharp Ave. Her primary duties are to work with specialized populations such as our English learners, homeless, foster youth, and those considered to be at-risk. She works with outside agencies to help obtain resources for our students who need it most. She also works closely with the school principal to ensure our school maintains a compliant Master Plan Instructional Program.

Mrs. Silva is also our school’s Testing Coordinator. She provides teachers with the required training to administer state and national assessments. Before taking her current position, she served as our school’s Data Coordinator and as a teacher for 14 years.

Mrs. Silva attended Los Angeles Mission College then transferred to California State University, Northridge where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and her Teaching Credential. She completed her graduate studies at Pepperdine University where she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and her Preliminary Administrative Credential.

Favorite Quote:  “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -Aristotle

regisMrs. Maria Regis-Garay, RTI Coordinator


Mrs. Regis-Garay was born in Panorama City, and her immigrant parents from Mexico raised her in Arleta, California. She is very proud to work at Sharp Elementary for the last 6 years because she attended this school as a child! Working in the community she grew up in, brings her great joy. After Sharp Elementary, she attended Pacoima Middle School and San Fernando High School. In 1999, she graduated from California Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Spanish. In 2003, she earned a degree in Master of Arts in Education with a sub-specialization in Race and Ethnic Studies from UCLA.

Mrs. Regis-Garay joined the Los Angeles Unified School district in 2000 and has taught mostly Second and Third grade. After 13 years of teaching in the classroom, she decided to become an Intervention Coordinator in 2013. As an Intervention Coordinator, her primary role is to address the needs of students struggling in reading foundational skills. She provides small group targeted instruction in the 5 essential areas of literacy – Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension. She also offers Tier I English language support to students who have been in the U.S. 12 months or less. As the Early Language and Literacy Plan Designee, she supports teachers and students during Academies or what the school calls, WIN Time. WIN Time ensures that every student in Kindergarten through Second grade receives early literacy instruction based on their area of need so students become proficient readers. Mrs. Regis-Garay is also the Student Success and Progress Team Designee. When a general education student is referred, the SSPT provides a systematic approach where they evaluate student data, make recommendations and/or develop goals based on student needs, generate interventions, monitor student progress, and schedule follow-up meetings to foster student success.

As a lifelong educator, Mrs. Regis-Garay is passionate about supporting the surrounding Latino community. She believes that connecting with students, parents, and families, on a personal level to support a holistic approach, is the key to educational success.


Srbui (Susui) Gamladzhyan - Cafeteria Manager

Ms. Susui was born in Armenia in 1961. She Migrated to the United States in 1991 for a better future for her family. She is married and has 3 children. Srbui is currently employed with LAUSD  for 25 years, last 13 years she is at  Sharp elementary as a cafeteria manager.  her favorite thing about her work is interacting with students. she loves kids so much.

Sake Adamyan

Ms. Sake was born in Armenia in 1962. She is married and has 2 children. She has been working in the school cafeteria for 20 years. Her favorite hobby is cooking. She loves making food from my Armenian culture with a modern twist.

Antonia Ortega

Ms. Antonia was born in Mexico in 1962. She moved to the United State in 1980. She is married and has 4 children. She started to work at Sharp in November 2006.  She loves working at Sharp because she loves kids.

Kiara Rojas 

Ms. Kiara was born in Los Angeles but her family is originally from El Salvador.  She is  28 years old.   She has been married for 5 years.  She is working for the school cafeteria for about 4 years.  A pet lover she has 3 dogs and 1lizard.

Ana Martinez

Ms. Ana was born in Mexico City. She was 5 years old when she moved to the United State with her mom and her sister, for a better life. She is married and has 2 daughters, 7yr old and 4 yr old. they are keeping her busy and she is very happy with her life.  In her free time, she likes to do home DIYs, and also likes cooking and listening to music. Her favorite thing about her job is interacting with students.

Mariam Mayilian 

Ms. Mariam was born in the year of 1970 in Armenia, Yerevan. She is married and has 2 sons, one is 27 and the other is 22. She moved to the United States in 2013 and currently working at LAUSD  in Sharp as a cafeteria worker.

Plant Manager & Staff

Moises Avila - Plant Manager


Mr. Avila started working with the district in 2007. He has worked as a plant manager at our school since 2013.  Previously he worked at Vena Elementary as a plant manager. He currently resides in Palmdale, CA. He has 2 children that attend Danube Elementary. As a supervisor, he likes to plan, coordinate, and participate in the cleaning and operation of our school. He takes pride in his work and recognizes maintenance needs and initiates appropriate action.

Eliseo Gameros

Rene Mora

Other Staff

John Saini - Adapted PE Teacher

Michelle Estrada - Assistive Tech, Special Ed.

Kasarri Lopeaz - Occupational Therapist

Natasha Hoiseck - Physical Therapist

Debra Dilzer - Librarian

marieMarie Scott - Music Teacher


Mrs. Scott has always had a passion and love for music.  As a child,she loved singing and wanted to learn to play the piano, but her parents could not afford to pay for lessons.  That didn't stop her, because, starting at age 11, she began to work (babysitting and cleaning homes) so she could earn enough money to pay for her own lessons. Throughout her life, she sang in school and church choirs, performed in plays and musicals, played the flute in bands and small ensembles and played the piano/organ in church worship services.  Music is an important aspect of her life and she believes that everyone can learn to experience the joy of performing and creating music.  She attended California State University, Northridge and earned a B.A. in Music Education, with voice being her main instrument.  Thereafter, she earned two California Teaching Credentials, one for Music and one for Multiple Subjects Credential for elementary.  She has been teaching music for many, many years, and, aside from teaching elementary music, she has taught choir, beginning instruments/band, voice, and piano.  She has also produced and directed musical stage productions as well.  In her teaching elementary music, she incorporates many different methodologies and proven strategies such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Suzuki, and others.  When she teaches children, they listen, sing, play (percussion instruments) and move/respond while learning about the elements of music (beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, forms, etc.). She loves teaching and helping others learn.  She especially loves seeing the joy on children's faces as she guides them into expressing themselves through music-making.

Julie Summer-Singh - Theatre/Drama Teacher


Ms. Julie teaches Theatre Arts at Sharp Elementary and has been an LAUSD educator since 1999. She taught 2nd and 3rd grades for many years before becoming a member of the LAUSD Arts Branch. Drama programs in LA’s public schools motivated her every move as she grew up and her favorite expression of it is introducing elementary school children to many of the aspects of Theatre. Her weekly lessons include grade-level experiences of Pantomime, Improvisation, Tableau, Theatre games, and actor warm-ups. She hopes to inspire students’ interest in self-expression, as well as all the fun that goes with it.

Alysa Hwang, R.N. BSN, PHN - School Nurse


Mrs. Hwang was raised in Hawaii and moved to California 21 years ago.  When she moved to California, she wanted to pursue her dream as a nurse. She obtained a nursing degree from Pierce College in 2011 and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Western Governor University in 2018. She is a Public Health Nurse and currently working on Certification for School Nursing.  She fell in love with school nursing because she loves children and being part of their school life.  Her goal as a school nurse is to support our students to achieve academic success and promote healthy lifestyles.

maggieMaggie Lopez - Parent Center Director


Mrs. Lopez was born in Michoacan, Mexico was brought to the United States as a newborn.  She attended Sharp Ave. Elementary School, Pacoima Middle School, San Fernando High School, and Los Angeles Valley College. She joined the LAUSD family in 2005.  She has been Sharp Ave Elementary's Parent Center Director for the last 6 years. As Parent Center Director, Ms. Lopez has been instrumental in bringing ESL, parenting, and health & wellness classes for the parents at Sharp.  She enjoys working and interacting with the students and assisting the families from our community.

Marci Ortega - M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Google voice number: 747-444-2719


Mrs. Ortega is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who has been working for the Los Angeles Unified School District since September of 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders in 2006 and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders in 2009 from the California State University of Northridge. She holds a special services teaching credential and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as the California Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (CSHA). She has enjoyed working the staff of Sharp Elementary School while providing language and speech services and supports for preschool through fifth-grade general education and special education students for the past 11 years.

“I believe that communication is an important skill that should be supported not only during the school day but also every day in the home by the whole family. Your children can become great communicators no matter what form of communication they use with your help.”

Angelica Contreras-Pacheco - School Psychologist


Ms. Contreras began her career working with a diverse population of children with a range of disabilities (e.g., medically fragile, Autism, etc.) which led her to pursue a dedicated career in the field of School Psychology. She received her Bachelor’s in Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. She also received a Master’s of Arts (M.A.) in Education with an emphasis in Counseling, and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology from San Diego State University (SDSU). During her time at SDSU, she volunteered abroad in partnership with various schools across Mexico to further develop her multi-cultural and ecological perspective when working with students, parents, teachers, and schools. She incorporates her experiences and nine years of knowledge as a school psychologist to support schools in areas of assessments, counseling, consultation in social-emotional development, behavior, education, and other areas of need.

Favorite Quote: “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”-Dalai Lama