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Monica Olivares National Faculty

Monica is a fluent Spanish speaker and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to working with the Buck Institute of Education, she is currently attaining her certification from the University of San Diego in identifying and addressing the needs of dyslexic learners.

She is currently a bilingual first grade elementary school teacher in Hayward, California. Monica has extensive experience working in an urban educational setting serving primarily socio-economically disadvantaged English language learners. In her eight years of educational experience, as a Spanish bilingual teacher, she has taught at both the primary and intermediate levels of elementary school. As a practitioner, Monica uses her extensive training in the areas of Guided Language Acquisition Development (GLAD) and the Columbia based writing model Writer’s Workshop to promote the development of academic language skills for her English learners. Outside of the classroom Monica provides leadership and input on comprehensive school reform focused on academic rigor and excellence. District-wide, Monica helped to develop and design lessons and pacing guides around bilingual education. In addition to being an educator, Monica has also been serving on the local board of a nationally based non-profit agency dedicated to promoting equity to traditionally underserved populations for the past two years.