At Balboa High School, Alondra Sharae Jones is known for making herself known. In the five minutes between classes, the 17-year-old senior, clad in bright orange pants, moves through the hallways like a party hostess, bellowing a greeting to a friend a few yards away, then running to embrace another with a shriek. Weaving her way to the stairwell, she bounces up, two steps at a time. On the third floor, Alondra's social cycle begins anew, as she calls to friends she... More >>>
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Art teacher Elham Khodabandeloo, Principal Patricia Gray, and media arts teacher George Lee say teaching at Balboa means juggling lesson plans with counseling and disciplining.