Grade 3, Teacher Assistant

Nick Gonzales

Nick graduated with honors with his B.A from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in Social Justice Education. After that he attended UCLA’s Master/Teacher Education Program. He then ventured to Guadalajara, Mexico Where he lived for a year teaching English. He considers all his years of travel just as important as all his years of schooling.

As part of his Master’s Degree Program with the University of California, Los Angeles he helped students navigate through their own learning experiences through various methods of pedagogical practice. He was responsible for teaching U.S. and World History to high school and middle school students at both Markham Middle School in Watts and Manual Arts High School in South Central Los Angeles.

Throughout his educational career, Nick has had the privilege of meeting/teaching youth from various diverse communities including incarcerated youth at Greenhill Correctional Facility for young men, various Pacific Northwest Native American based youth groups, and The Upward Bound Program in Tacoma, Washington, just to name a few.

Prior to officially joining the HSH family, Nick was a member of the Hollywood Schoolhouse community for two years as an independent shadow. During those years he was responsible for teaching and shadowing an individual student in the 2nd/3rd Grade. He developed new innovative techniques for learning curriculum. He was able to work alongside Francesca and Ericka creating individualized teaching lessons adapted on an as-needed basis. It was during this time where Nick fell in love with the Hollywood Schoolhouse community.

In his freetime, Nick loves to create, dissect, and talk about Music. He plays Guitar and Bass in a band called Riadosa. He believes in the power of art as a means to unify, build, and heal.

Favorite Food:
Eggplant Parmesan
Favorite Book:
Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Favorite Album:
Elvis Costello – Armed Forces
Favorite Song:
More Than This by Roxy Music
Favorite HSH Event/Tradition:
Mulitcultural Day
“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.”
Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change