2018 Polytechnic School Partnership for Success! students and teachers.

Guiding the Partnership

Partnership for Success! is a community-based program that supports the growth and success of Pasadena Unified School District students.  

This vision is architected and guided by an advisory board that oversees fundraising and program direction, and comprises representatives from each independent partner school and the Pasadena Unified School District, as well as community board members. The heads of the four independent schools sit on the advisory board, as do the founders of the program; the board chair is one of the independent school heads. The executive director and fund development director report to the advisory board on a quarterly basis. Each independent school site has a site director who hires the faculty and interns for that site.



Jose Melgoza

Jose Melgoza has been involved with Partnership for Success! since 2004, when he joined the faculty at Polytechnic School. Jose teaches history in the upper school at Poly during the academic year and has served in the Partnership! as a teacher, Site Director, and now as Executive Director. As the son of immigrant parents and someone who was a first generation college student himself, Jose strongly believes in the mission of the Partnership! to expand educational opportunities to more children in the Pasadena community.


Rebecca H. Potter
626-799-1053, ext. 261

Rebecca Potter has been involved with Partnership for Success! for over 15 years.  Becky is currently part-time Planned Giving Officer at Westridge School and was Director of Development at Westridge from 1992 until her retirement in 2006.  As Director of Development she worked in collaboration with the Development Directors of Chandler, Mayfield Jr., and Poly to raise funding for the Partnership! She has been the Fund Development Director for the past four years.  A former public school teacher, she is committed to education and deeply committed to this public-private partnership.


Elizabeth J. McGregor
Board Chair, Partnership for Success!
Head of School, Westridge School

Mike Babcock
Founder, Partnership for Success!

John W. Bracker
Head of School, Polytechnic School

John Finch
Head of School, Chandler School

Joe Gill
Headmaster, Mayfield Junior School

Kendis Heffley
Chief Finance & Operations Officer, Westridge School

Julianne Reynoso
Assistant Superintendent, Elementary, Pasadena Unified School District

Carmie Rodriguez
Founder, Partnership for Success!

Ted Samuels
Community Member