Javier Ramirez came to Ojai at age 11 from Guadalajara, Mexico. He graduated from Norhdhoff High School in 1995 and went to Cal State Northridge, graduating in 2000, returning to Nordhoff to teach mathematics. Javier is an advisor to the Nordhoff High School Leaders (NHL), and the Guitar Club. He teaches a catechism class at St. Thomas and is a youth minister there. Having arrived in this country, unable to speak English, he was encouraged by his instructors to reach higher and now gives that same encouragement to his students. In 2009, he received the Educational Hero Award.