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Elizabeth Polanco

Student Affairs Manager

Elizabeth is Student Affairs Manager at Kings Los Angeles (Hollywood), as well as the International Student Advisor, responsible for advising and helping students maintain lawful immigration status. She provides student services in areas such as student life, medical assistance, college counseling, personal counseling, and social activities.

“I was born in Los Angeles and know the ins and outs of Hollywood. I enjoy being part of Kings Education because I am able to meet and be part of an International Student's lifetime experience of studying abroad.

In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts in and around LA, watching competitive sports, and trying different cuisines."

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Grace Zamora

Academic Affairs Manager

As Academic Affairs Manager at Kings Los Angeles (Hollywood), Grace supports students and teachers in pursuing their learning goals. She makes sure classes and textbooks are the right fit, and advises students seeking college acceptance. She also focuses on professional development for the teaching faculty, curriculum design and implementation, and assessment and reflective practices.

“A decade of experience in language teaching, teacher training, and curriculum development taught me that I care most about creating a community where people — students and teachers — feel excited to learn and comfortable enough to make mistakes, try new things, and share themselves with others.

If you ask my students who I am, they probably wouldn’t tell you about my undue amusement at puns, my obsession with motorhomes, nor my continual attempts to quit coffee, because they don’t have the vocabulary for that. Yet. But they can tell you how much fun they have communicating in English, how difficult but good the classes are, and how excited we all are to see one another every day at Kings.”

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Kayla Acosta

Student Services Coordinator

"Being the Student Services Coordinator means I am responsible for the out-of-class activities and outings. I encourage students to make friends, explore the city and take advantage of the many opportunities they're given to familiarize themselves with LA.

Prior to Kings, I was a student employee at Marymount California University working as the Marketing Director and Event Programmer for the Department of Student Life.

I was born and raised in LA so I love a lot about it. I think what I love most is there is always something to do at all hours of the day — which makes my job a lot easier!"

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Ross Victory

Assistant Director of Housing

"As a former Teacher and Marketing professional, I'm excited to join Kings and use diverse experiences to connect with students and show them a great time. I've traveled the world from Africa, Asia, Middle East, the Caribbean, Russia, Latin America, and the South Pacific Islands, so I have a strong sense of the international community and love learning about the best places to experience. As a 13-year-old boy, I went to Japan on a homestay exchange program and worked and lived in South Korea for a period of time, so I understand the dynamics of living and studying abroad."

"In my free time you can catch me at the gym, eating at the latest restaurants (or trying to cook!), enjoying holistic activities like massage or meditation, and creating music or binge watching Netflix. I look forward to meeting you!"

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Conley Patillo

Residential Advisor

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Edwin Manouchehri

Residential Advisor

"I am a graduate student working to get a Master's Degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University. I graduated from UC Riverside with an Economics degree, hoping to use my knowledge to make an impact in Education. My love for education comes from wanting to develop and ensure a competent and prepared future generation of individuals. Using my international experience as well as more in person experience, I hope to help others get educated in the field of their desire.

On my own time I am a hiker with my dog, I play all sports including soccer, basketball, football, tennis and ping pong. I love to cook as a hobby and study the mysteries of the universe and life itself."

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Chelsie Carlton

Residential Advisor

"As a Resident Advisor, I work to ensure that the students begin and end their journey here at Kings feeling like they were at a home away from home. I greet the students that arrive and help them to get settled in, and I am an available resource for the students through their stay.

I am a student pursuing a Master's in Healthcare Administration and I also work at an orthopedic office as a Care Coordinator. I have worked at Kings since August 2017, and I enjoy meeting new students from all over the world, and hearing the stories of all their adventures in Los Angeles.

I am originally from the east coast, and I moved here for educational purposes. This is an amazing city to experience because it has so much to offer and it is unlike any other city in the world. Los Angeles is full of amazing opportunities and there is a piece of LA for everyone to call their own. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

In Hollywood, no one day is the same. Students are located in an area where the activities come to them and they can have a great time while studying in Hollywood.

Living in residence accommodation, our students are able to take advantage of learning from each other and developing personally. I find that students grow so much through their different experience in the residence."