Listen. Learn. Lead is a social justice speaker series designed to guide all Scholarship Prep staff towards better understanding the plight, frustrations, and needs of our most vulnerable communities.
As a network of charter schools whose mission is to close the achievement gap for underserved students, we believe in establishing a sustainable environment where diversity is treasured. To honor that commitment, we have created Listen. Learn. Lead. to best prepare ourselves and our students to fight for change in our local and global communities.
We must identify how we can utilize our power to advocate for change. We must engage in dialogue and reflection that lead to collective action. We must use our platform to amplify the stories, voices, and messages of our most at-risk groups. We must Listen. We must Learn. We must Lead.
Our speakers bring a range of experience and perspective to this series. As leaders in their communities, they possess a valuable perspective on how we can all contribute to progress towards a truly just and equitable society.
Jason has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a minor Political Science, a Master's Degree in Secondary Education, with two teaching credentials (special education, and social studies). Since 1999, he has taught advanced placement, coached football and girls basketball, and worked as an Instructional Aide. His career travels have taken me to a career woven though a myriad of demographics from transforming low performing populations in historically disadvantaged communities, teaching AP level, and instructing teams in the wealthy Silicon Valley. Whether it be establishing an Advanced Placement program or stewarding a sinking educational ship to steady waters, he has come to realize there is a defining characteristic with all student populations-- relationships.
Jason Weatherall is a native of Gardena, CA. He attended Westchester High School and graduated from Phineas Banning High School in Wilmington, CA then attended Cal State University, Los Angeles on a track & field scholarship. He received his M.A in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine.
A coaching veteran of 15 years, Jason is an ardent advocate for athletics and education. He believes athletics provides for many valuable teaching moments in an individual’s life. He currently resides in Arcadia with his wife Katie and works as an Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher at St. Philip the Apostle School in Pasadena, CA and is an Assistant Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach at St. Francis High School in La Canada, CA.
Ana Gonzalez was born in Mexico and came to California at the age of 10. She is a single mom of two teenagers and an active community organizer and advocate. She is the District Parent Center Assistant for the Rialto Unified School District and oversees family engagement for 29 schools. She is also the Interim, Finance and Administration Director for the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice in Jurupa Valley and the President of the Chicano Latino Caucus of San Bernardino County.
Ana earned her Associate Degrees from San Bernardino Valley College, both in Liberal Studies, one emphasizing in Social and Behavioral Science and the other in Humanities. Most recently, she graduated from Cal State San Bernardino with a B.A in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in K-8 education and a Minor in Sociology.