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About the Refugee and Newcomer Supports Program

The APS Refugee & Newcomer Supports Program is part of the Office of Equity and Engagement and is new and rapidly adapting to community and school needs. Below is a brief overview of current supports.

Refugee Case Managers

Refugee Case Managers provide support to refugee students, families, and the schools that serve them. Case Managers speak various languages that are common amongst newcomers in APS. Families may contact the Case Manager who speaks their language directly. Case Managers are not replacements for interpreters and translators.

Dina RaheemDina Raheem


Eric NdahebaEric Ndaheba

Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kinyamulenge and French

Mohammad IsmailMohammad Ismail

Dari, Farsi,
Pashto, Urdu/Hindi

Newcomer Specialists

Newcomer Specialists also speak the languages of the local refugee community and provide in-classroom support to newcomer students. Specialists work alongside teachers to ensure that the material being taught is accessible. They do this by utilizing their language skills to explain complicated concepts and provide academic and social support to newcomers.

Farida IbrahimFarida Ibrahim

Van Buren Middle School

Parwin HussainiParwin Hussaini

Farsi, Dari, Urdu, Hindi
Del Norte High

Mbarak HusseinMbarak Hussein

Highland High 

Newcomer Teachers

Liz BradfordLiz

Newcomer Teacher
La Mesa Elementary

Natalie PerezNatalie

Newcomer Teacher
La Mesa Elementary

RNSP Program Manager

Brandon BacaBrandon Baca

The APS Refugee & Newcomer Support Program Manager, Brandon Baca, coordinates and oversees district refugee and newcomer supports. He supervises a team of Refugee Case Managers, Newcomer Specialists, Newcomer Teachers and works with local community organizations to build collaborative partnerships to support newcomer education. Brandon is the primary point of contact for schools.

If you have any questions or would like to request support, please contact Brandon at: or 505-803-7781