Our mission is to encourage a culture of learning by securing and providing resources to students and families in areas of need.

Our Story

The Rio Hondo Education Consortium, DBA LEARN, is an Educational Agency founded in 2004 to initially serve four districts and six schools through a federal Department of Education grant. Since that time, LEARN’s focus has grown to currently include districts in Whittier, El Monte, Rosemead, pico Rivera, and Pomona in both K-8 and high schools through various grants. 

Our focus is to provide resources for underserved students and families to better navigate their educational journey and develop better post-secondary options by adhering to our Core Values. Our LEARN programs provide students with before school, in-class and after school enrichment Opportunities, Free Organized Youth Sports Leagues, Student Support Services, and college and career readiness. 

Our Core Values

To provide quality programing through proven strategies to keep students interested in school as active learners through high school and beyond.

To foster the belief that ALL children can learn through constant support and guidance of LEARN staff, strategic partners, children and their families.

To provide clearly specified benchmarks of success to achieve the highest quality of programming for students and families.

To provide a personalized and caring learning environment for students, parents and faculty to interact in.

To support rigorous and meaningful instruction for ALL students with applicable connections to the real world.

Meet the LEARN Team

Working to Encourage a Culture of Learning

Robert Arellanes

Chief Executive

Leslie Laine

Director of Personnel

Brenda Carrillo

Chief Operations

Dr. Regina Tercero

Director of Finance

dr. Juan Carlos Medina

Senior Director of Education & Programs

Angel Conde

Manager of Curriculum & Staff Development

Rosario Medina

Manager of Curriculum
& Staff Development

Andrew Lopez

Program Quality Supervisor

Leslie Garcia

Program Quality Supervisor

Andrew Truong

Accounting Clerk

Wilian Pineda

Manager of Program Quality & Compliance

Jessica Kirk

Program Quality Supervisor

Maria Valencia

Program Quality Supervisor

Samantha Campbell

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Matthew Brown

Staff Accountant

Chiara Wilridge

Program Quality Supervisor

Emily Gonzalez

Program Quality Supervisor

Brenda Nava

Recruitment Coordinator

Stephanie Zetino

Administrative Assistant

Nesly Perez

Coordinator of Curriculum & Staff Development

Janet Vargas

Saturday LEARN Academy Coordinator

Sereena San Nicholas

KidsPlay Coordinator

Christian Olivares

Project Facilitator

Meet the Board

Edwin Alvarado

President of Cath Lab Staffing Inc.

Lea Martinez

Manager of Teacher Preparation at Rio Hondo College

Robert Arellanes


Pamela Marquez

Retired Banker

Robert D. Bell

Grants & Contracts Manager at Black Women for Wellness

Vann Priest

Dean of Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering at Rio Hondo College

Gina Lopez

Director of Center of Engagement with Communities at Whittier College

Nick Salerno

Retired Superintendent

School Districts We Serve

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