Mario was born in El Salvador and immigrated to Los Angeles in 1985. Mario was the first in his family to attend and graduate from college because of the values set by his parents.
Mario received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco with a minor in Latin American Studies. He also received a Master’s Degree of Education in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. Most recently, Mario received a second Master’s Degree of Education in School Administration from Loyola Marymount University.
Mario has taught nine years in parochial and public charter schools in Los Angeles. He has experience teaching grades 3 through 8. During his teaching experience, he has been a grade level chair, department chair, technology lead, innovation coordinator, and restorative justice coordinator. With his strong results in the classroom and continually challenging himself to learn, Mario became a Dean at KIPP Academy of Innovation in East Los Angeles. Mario is motivated to continue changing the narrative for all students. He plans to open a middle school, serving grades 5th through 8th in Los Angeles.
Outside of work, Mario enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys reading, sports, and fitness.