Stacey Cohan

Stacey Cohan

Stacey Cohan has the distinction of being the first and longest serving POPS the Club volunteer; she began at Venice High and currently works with the students at El Camino Charter High POPS. Stacey describes what initially drew her to the club as either “kismet” or a “fluke.” She heard a piece about POPS the…

Fernando Lopez

Fernando Lopez

Fernando Lopez became part of the POPS family before there even was a POPS. Over a decade ago, he was a student of Dennis Danziger (POPS’s co-founder), who was his English teacher at Pacific Palisades High. Fernando and his sisters now own and operate the celebrated Oaxacan restaurant “Guelaguetza”—winner of the James A Beard award…

Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee is an English teacher at Lawndale High School where she also serves as the sponsor for POPS Lawndale. One of Michelle’s most memorable encounters with the prison system came in the form of a former student’s comment. “I’d write to my dad,” he said, “if I knew how to get a letter to…