I have been a resident of Salinas over forty years and a full-time Hartnell College instructor for 38 years. Before settling in Salinas, I had taught in elementary schools in California, Mexico, and Chile. As a bilingual elementary school teacher, I had worked with children whose first language was Spanish in migrant education, bilingual education, and Title I programs.
At Hartnell College I was first hired as a Bilingual Education Coordinator to recruit and advise paraprofessionals or teacher aides for education pathways to higher college degrees and teacher credentials. These teacher assistants would become fully credentialed bilingual teachers in the Salinas Valley. Later I wrote grants for Spanish-speaking women to complete coursework and training as caregivers in their homes or teacher assistants at child care centers. They had successfully established family child care businesses in their homes or had been hired as caregivers in child development centers.
During my tenure at Hartnell College, I have been involved with school districts, Head Start, non-profit and for-profit child care agencies. Many times, I had taught classes in Soledad, King City, Greenfield, and East Salinas. My off-campus teaching assignments gave me an opportunity to network with many educators, directors, and community people in Salinas Valley. My contribution as an Early Childhood Education instructor has been to incorporate multicultural/bilingual perspective in the coursework, materials, and “hands on” training to increase student access and success for English language learners of underserved communities.
This current 2020-21 will be an exciting year for Hartnell College. I want to participate in these upcoming decisions 1) to hire a new college president, 2) balance the budget during this fiscal uncertainty 3) to keep students and staff safe on campus from Covid-19 and 4) to open the new or expanded campus sites in South County.
As a former full-time Hartnell College instructor, I understand how board decisions can positively or negatively impact faculty/staff’s ability to promote and support student access and success.
Right now, I have the time and interest to study, ask questions, and listen to the issues before making any decision.
My strengths include:
Hartnell College Faculty Association (HCFA) • CSEA (Classified School Employees Association) Chapter 470 Hartnell College • Monterey Bay Central Labor Council-AFL-CIO • Monterey County Democrats • Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Building & Construction Trades Council • Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO • CTA (California Teachers Association) • Larry Hirahara • Cathy Chavez Miller • Jean Vengua • Yvonne Ricketts • Ruth Andresen • Pat Henrickson • Leslie Buckalew • Linda Dilger • Mary Randall • Tamara Garcia • Mary Jane Choate • Jean Miner • Evie Bolante • Tina England • Linda Blumenthal • Kim Stemler • Lisa Hori • Jane DiGirolamo • Brigid McGrath Massie • Carmen Gonzalez • Patricia Tunstall • Carolyn Jensen • Susan Ratliff • Janet Barnes • Tiffany Kellogg • (Partial List)
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