Serena Padilla, BA – Academic Coordinator

Serena is a dedicated member of the Adolescent Growth treatment team in Commerce, California. She devotes her time to working with each minor to address their individualized academic needs. Serena is capable of providing challenging work to our youth, while simultaneously encouraging them and bringing out their strengths. Further, Serena works diligently with the parents to provide direction, updates and recommendations regarding academic progress and aftercare educational needs. Serena takes her commitment to the clients we serve seriously as she ensures that high achieving students remain competitive yet supported while in treatment.

Serena grew up in beautiful Santa Cruz, California.  Her love of education was ignited at a young age, as she often helped her younger siblings with their homework, and she began teaching piano lessons in the eighth grade. Serena received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where she also worked as a tutor in the writing center for several years and volunteered as an ESL teacher. After graduating, she taught reading enrichment classes for Pre-K through High School students before moving to Long Beach and beginning to work as an academic coordinator for Adolescent Growth. Her passion as an educator is helping students not just gain knowledge, but become better learners. Serena attests, “What I love most about working for Adolescent Growth is tailoring my teaching to each student. I don’t think education should have a one-size-fits-all approach, so I appreciate getting to know each student as an individual and helping them grow academically while they are in treatment.”

Serena loves music, literature, and good food. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, attending plays/concerts, singing in choir, and spending time with friends and family.