Norma López-Burton has been a lecturer at UC Davis for 30 years, and for 17 years, the Director of the First Year Program where she trains and supervises all new Teaching Assistants. She teaches Elementary Spanish, Spanish Conversation and Methodology. She won the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009.
Arlene Quintana Rangel has over seven years experience conducting statewide staff development focusing on Spanish Language Literacy, English Language Development and Skill Transference. She is currently an Assistant Administrator of Instructional Improvement and Academic Coaching in the San Bernardino City Unified School District.
Carmelita Reyes began her career in New York City where she taught a mainly Dominican population. She moved to Oakland in 2001 to take part in the small schools movement and was a founding teacher at Life Academy of Health and Bioscience. Prior to becoming a principal, Carmelita taught history, English, journalism, photography (and as a BIG favor taught math). In 2007, Carmelita opened Oakland International High School in order to address the needs of an underserved population, newly arrived high school immigrants and refugees.
Jean Spencer is the outreach coordinator at the Center for Latin American Studies and the editor of The Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies. She graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Spanish Literature. After earning a single subject credential in English, she accepted a job in a bilingual fifth grade classroom in Santa Cruz, California, where she taught for five years.
Natalia Valencia has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the relationship between literature and language, with an emphasis on forms of speech, fragmented discourses and orality.
Kimberly Vinall worked for 10 years as a Spanish language coordinator at the University of Michigan. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include interrogating constructions of identity and culture as mediated through discourse in multilingual contexts.
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