Mr Elías was born in El Salvador where he lived until age eleven. After moving to the U.S., he attended LAUSD schools: Elysian Heights, Irving Middle and Benjamin Franklin Magnet High School. He majored in Art History at Cal State Los Angeles where he also received his bilingual teaching credential. He earned a Master’s degree in School Administration from Cal State University Northridge in 2006.

He began his teaching career as a 1st grade bilingual teacher in East Los Angeles nineteen years ago and has since taught third, fourth, sixth and seventh grades. Mr. Elías served as an Instructional mathematics coach in East Los Angeles from 2004 to 2009. He is very excited to join the Micheltorena staff after working at the Middle School level in South Central Los Angeles for the past five years.

He is a new father to a beautiful baby girl. He is a native Spanish speaker who also speaks conversational Portuguese and basic French. Aside from teaching, Mr. Elías and his wife love to travel, read, try new foods, music concerts, plays, musicals and opera.

As an Art lover, he likes to spend quiet time in museums with the Getty, the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Louvre museums being his favorites. He is also a numismatist who began collecting coins and bills in elementary school. He has a passion for photography and college football and has traveled throughout the country to catch many games.