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The Young Shakespeareans Program began in South Los Angeles in 2008  at the behest of LAUSD administrators Emma Rodriguez and Robert Baker.   The Program was initiated at Nevin Avenue Elementary School under Principal Denise Pratt, and GATE Classroom Teacher Rhonda Sivaraman. Though Dr. Pratt has moved on to serve as an LAUSD District Director, she remains an avid supporter and proponent, encouraging the Principals in her charge to bring the Program to their schools. 


The Young Shakespeareans Program remains a vital part of Nevin Avenue Elementary School, has been joined by West Vernon Elementary School, and at the demand of alumni from both schools, is beginning its tenure at John Adams Middle School.

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