Welcome to South East Middle School GEAR UP! Home of the Eagles!
GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally funded program that works to address challenges faced by low income, first-generation, minority students who make up almost 50% of today’s college population.
South East Middle School is 1 of 13 GEAR UP schools located in South Gate and is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District family. GEAR UP uses a unique cohort model. The model follows current 7th and 8th grade students from high school into their first year of college. The graduating classes of 2027-28 and 2028-29 currently at South East Middle School, will receive support and guidance up until their first year of college!
Our GEAR UP staff is ready to help turn your dream into a diploma!
- Contact GEARUP
- Room B-122
- Office Phone: (323) 568-3100
- Text Phone: (213) 605-1013
Questions? Contact us at Text Phone: (213) 605-1013 (Contact GEARUP).
- Glendale Community College, A.A.- Sociology
- University of California, Riverside, B.A.- Sociology
- California State University, Los Angeles- Teaching Credential in Social Science, M.A. – Latin American Studies
- Favorite Movie: I enjoy short films and documentaries about nature.
- Favorite Food: I like trying new food, but really enjoy the traditional dishes from my native country Guatemala, such as Tamales, tortillas, and black beans.
- My biggest influence: My biggest influence in my life is my mother. She is a single immigrant mother with a 3rd grade education who came to America undocumented and raised three children on her own. She taught me how to be hard working, helpful, and persistent.
- College: BA CSULB
- MA/Credential CSUDH
- Favorite: Movie: McFarland and Zootopia
- Favorite Food: Greek/Mediterranean
- My biggest influence: My two sons. They are my inspiration. Every day I work to be a positive influence in their life.
- Why I love my job: What is there not to love! Every day I come to work, and get to help students reach their potential. On top of that, I get to work with an awesome staff whose energy and enthusiasm are a constant inspiration.
- College: Grand Canyon University
- Favorite Movie: Training Day
- Favorite Food: Tacos
- My biggest influence: My biggest influence in life would be my grandmother. She was
- always one of the main driving forces in my life where I am at today. She would
- always stay on me about school, but more so focused on the development of my
- character. From day one she only expected success and never anything less.
- Tough love was the name of the game and I believed I am a better man today
- because of it.
- Why I love my job: I Love doing what I do because I LOVE YOU! Simple, but yet a firm statement. I am here to build a stronger and a more advanced community in a place that is criminalized on a daily basis. I want to show the world that students that come out of these beautiful communities are just as worthy of a college education as anyone else. They are the pathway to a new tomorrow and it is important that we make that known and help them achieve their goals. I enjoy seeing the smiles on students’ faces once they’ve accomplished a goal that was thought as “unachievable”. That’s what I do this for. Each human being on this planet is here to serve a purpose and I am honored that I get to serve in helping finding yours.
- College:University of California Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos!)
- Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight, The Lion King, Toy Story
- Favorite Food: Everything! Guatemalan, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, and Chinese just to name a few.
- My biggest influence: My biggest influence is my mom because she has always been my number one fan, confidant, friend, role model, and hero.
- Why I love my job: I love my job because I can give and receive. Each student, family, and staff member has something special to bring to the table. It is fulfilling to know that every day I am able to help someone else besides myself. Together we help each other grow and find the talents that we might not see in ourselves.