Kayne Siart Campus




Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown is the Principal at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy’s Kayne Siart campus, a K-8 public charter school in central Los Angeles that prepares and empowers students for success in college and in life.


As principal, Nicole is responsible for ensuring all students receive a quality education. She collaborates with students, teachers, and leaders on a daily basis to support all K-8 instructional programs.


Nicole started her work at Camino Nuevo teaching third grade and served as assistant principal prior to assuming her current role. Before joining Camino Nuevo, Nicole worked at John Valenzuela Youth Center in Tucson, Arizona overseeing the after-school and evening programs for K-12 students.


Nicole completed her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at the University of Arizona and a Masters of Education with a focus on curriculum development at Loyola Marymount University.

Susie Scheper
Assistant Principal
Susie Scheper is one of the Assistant Principals at the Kayne Siart Campus. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley. After graduation, Susie moved to New Orleans, as a Teach For America corps member. For three years Susie taught 3rd grade and Pre-Kindergarten at Johnson Gretna Park Elementary School. In 2011, Susie returned home to Los Angeles and began teaching at the Camino Nuevo Kayne Siart Campus as a Kindergarten and 1st-grade teacher. During that time Susie earned her Masters in Educational Administration and an Administrative Credential through CSU Dominguez Hills. Susie has also trained and completed three LA marathons with Kayne Siart's Students Run LA team. Susie believes in the words of educator Rita Pierson, "Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists they become the best they can possibly be." This is Susie’s sixth year with the Kayne Siart campus.
Manuel Duenas
Assistant Principal 

Manuel Duenas is an Assistant Principal at Camino Nuevo’s Kayne Siart Campus. He taught 9th grade Mathematics for eight years and built extensive leadership experience during this time as a Transformational Leader, Instructional Coach, Mentor Teacher, and a BTSA Support Provider. As Manuel became an instrumental piece in his school, he received an opportunity to become a school administrator. Manuel became a Dean of Students for a K-8 and a middle school for two years, and is now beginning his second year as an Assistant Principal.


Manuel graduated with a dual major in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from California State University of Los Angeles (CSULA). He earned a Master’s degree in School Administration from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and is currently working on clearing his Administrative Credential.

Nancy Duran
Dean of Culture
Nancy Duran started her teaching career at Camino Nuevo Harvard in 2001 when the school first opened. She taught 7th grade Humanities for 5 years and stepped out of the classroom in 2005 to become the Student Services Coordinator in charge of discipline. In 2008 her role changed and Ms. Duran became the k-8th Grade School Counselor. In 2010 Ms. Duran left CNCA to become a College Counselor at New Designs Charter School and returned to CNCA in 2012 to serve her current position as Dean of School Culture. Ms. Duran was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended Foshay Learning Center 7-12th grade. Her parents immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. She was the first in her family to graduate from high school and college.  
She graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies and a minor in Secondary Education, earned a Master of Science in School Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California, and a second masters and an administrative credential through the CASLA (Charter and Autonomous School Leadership Academy) program at CSU Dominguez Hills. She is also married and has two beautiful children.
Christina Gonzalez
Student and Family Services Coordinator
Cristina Gonzalez is the Student and Family services Coordinator at the Kayne Siart Campus. She earned a Master's Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles where she focused on Health, Education, Latino/a Families, and History. She also received a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies-Political Science and Spanish Literature from University of California, San Diego.
She is passionate about education and plans on continuing to work in education via different avenues to ensure that students of color and those who are most disenfranchised have access to the resources and the education they have a right to.