Daryl Brook was born and raised in Canada. He studied Philosophy, Literature and Linguistics at the University of Toronto before completing his graduate studies in Elementary Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He taught for ten years in Toronto, developed curriculum, earned a Specialist accreditation in Adolescent Literacy, and was adjunct faculty in York University’s Inner City Education Programme. After moving to Los Angeles in 2009, he taught English, Mathematics and Social Studies at Sinai Akiba Academy before moving to New LA. Here, he taught both 6th and 8th grade Humanities before taking over as Middle School Principal. He recently completed his Master's Degree in school administration at UCLA's Principal Leadership Institute.
Daryl’s mission in education has always been simple: to guide students to higher levels of achievement. His deepest conviction is that we can only do this in schools that genuinely care for their students and their student's families. Education must affirm the experiences of students and bridge these experiences to academic success. Daryl is married, has a beautiful young son, and lives in the delightful neighborhood of Echo Park. Besides being an avid reader, he also loves movies, gardening, cooking, and cycling.
Brooke Goldberg was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She developed a passion for special education in her teens. Eleven years ago Brooke co-founded the Keshet Buddy Baseball Program, a recreational summer baseball league for individuals with special needs. She earned her B.A. in Special Education from the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign and her M.A. in Leadership and Administration from Benedictine University. Brooke spent the first three years of her career working in a 7th and 8th grade special education resource classroom in a suburb of Chicago. In her second year of teaching, she was recognized as a “Those Who Excel Early Career Educator,” an award given to roughly twenty-five educators annually by the State of Illinois. Brooke then transitioned to an administrative role for two years, establishing the Assistant to the Principal position at the same school where she was a teacher. Brooke’s greatest achievement has been building positive and lasting relationships with students and parents. Outside of school, Brooke enjoys working out and cheering for her Chicago Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox. She looks forward to another successful year at New LA!
Matt Albert, Ed.D.
Matt Albert has worked in education for close to two decades. He founded New Los Angeles Charter School because he believes that all students deserve a top quality education. Matt has taught graduate level courses on child and adolescent development and published in academic journals. Prior to founding New LA, he worked at Milken Community High School as Assistant Principal and teaching History, American Government, and Constitutional Law and worked at Hebrew Union College in admissions and taught graduate level education. He is currently an instructor at UCLA, teaching a course on School Business Administration. He holds a doctorate in Education from UCLA, an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Political Science from UCSD.
Head of Schools
Brooke Rios is an LA transplant originally from Ohio. As an English major at Ohio University, she was drawn into heated discussions about the inequities in public education. Before long, she switched majors and completed a BA in Integrated Language Arts Education. Brooke was accepted as a teaching fellow at Federal Hocking High School and taught high school English while completing her masters in Cultural Studies in Education. Inspired by progressive education and the small schools movement, Brooke went on to take a position at Wildwood School in Los Angeles, which is nationally known for its best practices in education. At Wildwood, Brooke served as a teacher leader and chair for the Humanities department. Brooke also coached middle school athletics and was an advisor for both middle and upper school students, until moving into administration to lead the school’s Outreach Program. As Outreach Coordinator, Brooke coached fellow educators and worked with public and charter schools nationwide to assist in the implementation of small, learner centered school programs. Brooke holds a California Clear Administrative Credential.
Xochitl Lira, Ed.D.
Director of Operations
Xochitl Lira grew up in South Los Angeles. She earned her bachelors in Community Studies and Legal Studies from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating she began her career at a local charter school organization. During that time, she developed a passion for school operations, which led her to obtain a Masters degree in Public Administration from CSU Los Angeles. In 2011, she went on to become the Chief Financial Officer at a supplemental educational services provider. To enhance her leadership skills she went on to obtain her doctorate degree in educational leadership at USC. She is excited to be part of the New Los Angeles Charter School family and to support the achievement of all students.