Karina Rodriguez has 17 years of professional experience in the field of early childhood education in both teaching and administration. As a lead teacher and part of the leadership team at the Early Childhood Education Center at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, she is responsible for creating a welcoming and nurturing environment where all children and families can learn and thrive. As the second in charge at the center, she works closely with Alicia Garcia, the associate director, to ensure the program maintains its 5-star accreditation rating.
In 2016, Los Angeles Universal Preschool named Ms. Rodriguez Teacher of the Year for District 1. She was recognized for her creativity and hard work in the classroom and for going above and beyond to support the families she serves by enrolling them in healthcare and empowering them to be advocates for their children. She works closely with English language learners, supporting their development through instruction in English and Spanish.
Ms. Rodriguez joined Camino Nuevo as a founding teacher at the center in 2007. Previously, she was a master teacher and administrator at the USC Early Childhood Center for six years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in child development from the University of La Verne and a supervisor’s permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.