Having served as a Chemistry teacher at Epic Academy as well as a teaching assistant at the
University of California, Merced, where he has aided in the teaching of various courses within the
fields of Engineering, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and Mathematics, Justin Ramirez arrives at
Leo High School with a passion for academia and education. He finds tremendous merit and
personal reward in partaking in the influence and crafting of our future generation.
As an undergraduate at Northeastern Illinois University, Justin pursued and accomplished a B.S.
in Chemistry with a minor in Physics. Continuing into graduate school, he spent several years
conducting research in electrochemical capacitors in addition to conductive polymers with
application in wearable electronics. Ultimately, he acquired his M.S. in Materials Science and
Engineering and aims to share his educational, technical, and personal experience with the
students at Leo High School.
After spending several years employed outside of academia, working in nuclear energy and as
an electrician, Mr. Ramirez is immensely excited to return to his passion of teaching and is truly
honored for the opportunity to serve the students of Leo High School. He will be teaching
Mathematics and Solar Science and looks forward to his future assimilation into the Leo
One of the most popular and enthusiastic figures at Leo, Ms. Latifi has taught math at Leo since 2001 and rarely misses a Leo event. She also chairs the Math Department and is moderator for the National Honor Society. In that role, she oversaw the process by which Eder Cruz Alvarado became Leo’s first Gates Millennium Scholar in 2011. Ms. Latifi is a native of Albania and graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Tirana. She holds a Master’s in Leadership and Curriculum Development from Concordia University. She has also been included into the Leo High School Hall of Fame. Ms. Latifi loves the pride and loyalty of the Leo Community.