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Our Staff and Faculty


Ms. Reid joins us with over two decades of experience in education. Originally from the East coast, Ms. Reid began her career in education in 2002 as a New York City Teaching Fellow in an underserved, predominantly Latino neighborhood in The Bronx, New York. She transitioned from a public school to a Brooklyn, NY charter school as a Dean of Instruction and worked towards decimating the achievement gap with proven data results for four consecutive years. In her pursuit to continue to impact the lives of students, Ms. Reid relocated to San Jose, CA and became the Assistant Principal at Alpha Cornerstone Academy where she increased student mastery on NWEA MAP by 20%. She then transitioned to the ACE Empower team as Principal and secured a 5 year Charter Renewal during the Pandemic. Ms. Reid holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master's of Science in Education. She is excited to bring her wealth of instructional knowledge as well as systems and routines to the new role of Executive Director for Perseverance Preparatory School.

Lisamarie Reid


Ms. Martinez graduated from Cal State East Bay in 2019 with a Bachelor's in Hospitality & Tourism. In addition to her degree, she has worked in customer service for over 15 years. She is looking forward to bringing her skills to the charter school community. 

Michelle Martinez 


Ms. Cruz, a San Jose native, is a full-time student at Evergreen Valley College pursuing an Associates degree with an emphasis in Health Science. After finishing her AA, she plans to transfer to Foot Hill College to work toward her Bachelors in Health Science and work as a pediatric dental hygienist. She finds joy in instilling students with the confidence they need to face the world. She is very grateful to be a part of the Perseverance Prep community

Rosa Cruz 


Ms. Torres is a dedicated educator serving the hispanic community of San Jose. Her journey began in the Mayfair district where she used her fluency in both Spanish and English to support families and students with Special Education Services. She believes in inclusive practices and equity for all students. Ms. Torres received a bachelors of science in communicative disorders from San Francisco State University. She continued her education at SJSU with a masters in special education and a mild to moderate disabilities teaching credential. 

Andrea Torres

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