BA, Art, University of Hawaii at Manoa
MA, Education, Pepperdine University
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Although KC Villoria is the new Principal at Environmental Charter High School, she is a familiar face at ECS. She has always had a passion for learning, serving others and working to contribute to a larger purpose. KC’s educational philosophy was shaped as early as second grade, when she encountered a teacher who focused on her strengths and tailored the instruction to students’ interests and ability levels. Later, when KC joined the Urban Parent Teacher Education Collaborative during her graduate studies at Pepperdine University, she not only gained valuable insight but developed a sense of urgency to serve and advocate for marginalized populations, particularly in education. KC recognized the pivotal people who had helped transform her future and wanted to make sure she could become that person for her students. Her call to lead continues in order to facilitate transformation for students, parents, and teachers toward a more equitable education system.
In 2010, KC was working in LAUSD and received a pink slip like thousands of other teachers in the country. She was planning on leaving the teaching profession but applied to teach Spanish at ECHS on the advice of a colleague. As soon as she stepped onto campus, she knew it was where she belonged. KC loves family, art, culture and the Spanish language. She loves to travel and live in Spanish-speaking countries. So far she has lived in Venezuela and Colombia, and she hopes to trek to Central and South America. In her free time, Villoria loves to visit art museums; some of her favorite exhibits have been the Fernando Botero exhibit at the Museo de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia, and In Wonderland:The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and The United States at LACMA.