The work I do: I am currently serving as a Mathematics Coordinator for the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) since 2014. Prior to my work at SCCOE, I was a high school mathematics teacher and an instructional coach for the East Side Union High School District (2002-2013), and a faculty member at the De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde and Saint Jude Catholic School in Manila, Philippines (1988-2002). I support educators and community partners by co-designing professional learning opportunities anchored on an inclusive vision of mathematics – its humanity, its beauty, and its power in pursuit of joyful, reflective, and equitable mathematics education for every student.
Throughout my career, I have helped lead strategic initiatives on mathematics for social justice, and design, develop and implement curriculum and professional learning focused on mathematics for equity. I have presented at state, national, and international conferences; served on many committees and task forces; and facilitated workshops and professional development sessions on a variety of topics. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in AYA Mathematics, a member of the Core Advocate Network, Instructional Leadership Corps, CA Community of Practice-Mathematics, and a Board Member for the CA Mathematics Council and TODOS Mathematics for All. I was awarded the Texas Instruments – STEM Teacher of the Year in 2012 and the East Side Union High School District Teacher of the Year in 2013.
My connection to the work of Student Achievement Partners: I am fortunate to have been involved with SAP through several avenues such as the Core Advocate Network and mathematics lesson development reflecting support for English Learners. I’ve also used SAP resources in mathematics to provide guidance for educators in the implementation of the Common Core Mathematics Standards. Instructional practices and tools that advocate for student engagement through voice and choice, and more, have had a huge impact in the work I do with districts and partners. Given the expansive reach of SAP’s work locally and globally, it is an honor to support it as an advisor.
The perspective I bring to the Educator Advisory Board: As an immigrant and a multilingual learner, I am able to bring a unique perspective to educational research and education. In the skin that I’m in, I am bringing to the SAP Educator Advisory Board: my lived experiences as a mother/parent navigating the US school system; years of service in the mathematics education community; advocacy in movements towards anti-racist and multicultural mathematics; and commitment as a co-conspirator in dismantling barriers to mathematics equity. Applying this lens to any work I do supports SAP’s vision and mission in elevating diversity, inclusion and equity for all students.