Admissions

Meet the Admissions Team

Oscar Cancio | Director of Admissions

Oscar joined the Vistamar community in July 2019 and is beyond thrilled to be here. Prior to coming to Vistamar, he was one of the Associate Directors of Admission at his alma mater, Harvard-Westlake School. In that role, he led the office’s Student Ambassadors Program, worked closely with Spanish-speaking families, spearheaded outreach to schools in underserved areas of Los Angeles, and served as the liaison for Community Based Organizations.

Oscar has worked in the Admissions field ever since he graduated from college. Before taking on independent school admissions, he worked in graduate and undergraduate admissions at the University of La Verne, the University of Southern California, and Bates College.

He earned his B.A. in English with a focus on African-American literature from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In 2016, he received a Business Certificate from UCLA Extension.

During his personal time, Oscar can be found playing ice hockey at the Toyota Sports Center, boxing, spending time with his nephews, volunteering in Long Beach or rooting for his Boys in Blue at Dodger Stadium.

Ivette Bustamante | Assistant Director of Admissions

Ivette joined Vistamar School in fall 2022. Before joining the Admissions team at Vistamar, she was an Assistant Director at UCLA Undergraduate Admission. In this role, she specialized in college advising and admission evaluation. Ivette’s work has revolved around helping students in Northern and Southern California pursue higher education goals from both the high school student and transfer student level. She is excited to make the transition to independent school admissions. 

As a first-generation college student, Ivette attended University of California, Santa Barbara and earned a B.A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies. She is currently working on an M.A. in Diverse Community Development Leadership from California State University, Northridge. 

When Ivette is not building connections with students and their families, she enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones.

Yordana Simpson | Admissions Associate

 
Yordana joined the Admissions team in July 2021. Before moving to California, Yordana was a youth specialist in Queens, New York, where she supported students and their families in a variety of roles as they transitioned to mainstream education. Since then, Yordana has worked on the administrative team at Morningside High School and Pepperdine University.
 
Yordana’s commitment to advocacy and helping students grow into their best selves  is a perfect fit for her role at Vistamar School, where she can support students and families as they plan for the future. 
 
She earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice and Psychology in 2014 from Adelphi University and then went on to earn her M.A. in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University. 

During her personal time, you can find Yordana at the beach, reading a book, searching for cool coffee shops, running, or trying a new recipe.

Vistamar School is a private independent high school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles.

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