I am a second generation Filipina -American, Wife, and Mother of 4, who currently serves the students of San Lorenzo Unified as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. This is my 24th year as an Educator having served as a teacher, site administrator, and district office administrator. A few other roles in which I serve are as the President of FAEAC ( Filipino-American Educators Association of CA) and as the Equity Chair and State Committee representative for ACSA ( Association of CA School Administrators) Region 6.
Education became the route I chose to take as I was inspired by my high school teachers who supported me as a teen mom struggling to balance motherhood, education, and what I realized was then an abusive marriage. It was Ethnic Studies that helped me to understand my experiences as the daughter of Filipino immigrants living in a predominantly white neighborhood. It was Ethnic Studies that helped me to realize the detrimental relationship patterns I was perpetuating for myself and my son and allowed me to heal. It was Ethnic Studies that then became my core as a future Educator. It is Ethnic Studies and its values that continue to keep me centered as an Educator today and always.