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Humanitas Magnet 

for Interdisciplinary Studies

Grant High School

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Alaina Kommer

Humanitas Magnet Coordinator



I've taught at Grant High School since 2004 and I've been a part of Humanitas since 2009. I love teaching in a collaborative setting.


Pedro Valencia

Algebra 1


Mr. Valenica joined the Humanitas Magnet is 2022 but he is a veteran Grant High School teacher. Our students are thrilled to have him on our team. 


David Cooper


Mr. Cooper is new to our team but he was at Van Nuys High School for many years. He enjoys working with our 9th grade students as they take their first college classes. 


Mariano Mejia

11th Grade Lead Teacher

English 10

English 11


Mr. Mejia has been an important member of our team since 2018. I love being part of the Humanitas Magnet and look forward to having a great year.


Raquel Castellanos

Algebra I

Algebra II


Ms. Castellanos has been a math teacher at Grant High School since 2007. She is patient and always willing to assist students with all of their math needs.


Barbara Zeig

9th Grade Lead Teacher

English 9

English 10


I am thrilled to be in the Humanitas Magnet and look forward to a fabulous year.


Manuel Reynaga

Spanish I

Spanish II

Mr. Reynaga not only teaches Spanish  but he often demonstrates his ability to cook for a crowd. Best burritos in Grant history!


Maritsa Ramirez Padilla

12th Grade Lead Teacher

U.S. Government


Ethnic Studies


Ms. Ramirez Padilla  taught at San Fernando Middle School before joining us in 2021. She engages students with exciting projects and lively discussions.


Daniel Buccieri

10th Grade Lead Teacher

World History

U.S. History/ AP U.S. History


History of Rock and Roll

Mr. Buccieri taught at Venice STEMM Magnet before joining us in 2021. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and 2011 LAUSD Teacher of the Year.  


Melissa Mata

Humanitas Magnet Counselor

Ms. Mata plans our students schedules, helps them plan for college, and provides extensive counseling services to all of our students. 


Interested in joining our team? 

The Humanitas Magnet for Interdisciplinary Studies at Grant High School is growing and we’re looking for experienced and engaging teachers who want to join our collaborative team. Applicants should be enthusiastic, flexible, and committed to building a unique magnet program. All teachers must be willing to help with recruitment events and attend professional development beyond the school day. 

If you’re interested in joining our supportive, positive team of teachers, please send your cover letter and resume to Alaina Kommer.


Alaina Kommer

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