With an EdD in Instructional Leadership, an MA in Sociology, and a BA in Spanish, I bring a depth of experience and education to any situation . My research interests include race, ethnicity and gender as they relate to and intersect with persistence in higher education. My graduate work focused on undocumented migrant workers and the persistence of nontraditional students in higher education. As a public high school teacher and university faculty member, I have extensive experience teaching a diversified student population. I am an active participant in lifelong learning. I view obstacles as opportunities to reevaluate, reassess and regroup. I am confident I can help motivate and assist others of all ages and abilities to achieve their goals.
Jan 2006 - May 2014
EdD (Instructional Leadership)
Dissertation: "Supports, Barriers and the Sense of Belonging that Aid or Impede Persistence of University Students" (College of Education, Argosy University) Mixed Methods
Aug 2000 - May 2004
38 Post Master's Credit in Doctoral Program in Sociology; experience in qualitative research methods; engaged in original ethnographic research
Jan 1997 - Apr 2000
§2000 Masters’ Thesis: “We Are Not Victims: Oral Histories of Four Mexican American Women Farmworkers” (Sociology Department, University of South Florida) Ethnography
Aug 1995 - Jun 1997
Aug 1995 - Jun 1997
Certificate/Caribbean and Latin American History
Aug 2013 - Present
As teacher at Braden River High School, I teach high school Spanish to grades 9-12 . My duties include but are not limited to instruction, preparing lesson plans, creating and administering assessments, participating in professional development training, collaborating with colleagues to improve teaching practice, maintaining grade book, communicating with students, parents and school staff regarding students' academic progress.
Aug 2009 - Present
As Adjunct Instructor of Sociology, I teach face to face and online classes. My duties include but are not limited to teaching General Sociology courses to undergraduate and dual-enrolled students; developing syllabi, creating, administering assessments, preparing lectures, communicating with students, parents and school staff regarding students' academic progress, writing reference letters for students,maintaining office hours.
Aug 2011 - Jul 2013
As Spanish Teacher, I taught Spanish I, II, III, & IV to over 200 high school students (8 classes, AB Block Schedule), developed lesson plans according to FL DOE Foreign Language Standards, developed and administered tests and utilized alternative assessments to determine student progress, maintained all data records for students’ grades, collaborated with faculty on cross-curricular projects, conferenced with parents, faculty and administration on student progress, attended professional development seminars and trainings.
Aug 2009 - Dec 2010
As HSL, my duties included but were not limited to the identification and recruitment of students for Migrant/ESOL academic services, making home visits, providing academic support to students and instructional staff, assisting with parent/teacher conferences, providing referrals to social agencies, providing monthly status and travel reports, advocating for students.
Aug 2006 - Jun 2008
As teacher at Manatee High School, I taught high school Spanish to grades 9-12 and Sociology to upper level students. My duties included but were not limited to instruction, preparing lesson plans, creating and administering assessments, participating in professional development training, collaborating with colleagues to improve teaching practice, maintaining grade book, communicating with students, parents and school staff regarding students' academic progress.
Dec 2004 - Jul 2006
Social Worker (Bi-Lingual)
As Bilingual Social Worker, my duties included analysis of comprehensive body of social, economic, physical and mental health information derived from in-depth client interviews, assessing client needs for social resources, determining client eligibility for social resources and government programs, developing case management plans, performing crisis intervention, coordinating with social service agencies, psychologists, law enforcement and legal officials to develop case management plans and advocate for clients needs, accumulating and utilizing knowledge of Federal , State, County and community social service programs for which clients may be eligible, dealing with clients under stressful conditions, such as abused and neglected elders and their families.
Aug 2004 - Jun 2005
As Adjunct Instructor in the Behavioral and Social Science Department, my duties included developing syllabi and teaching Introduction to Sociology undergraduate courses (avg. class size 25), preparing, administering and grading exams, assignments and class papers, preparing assignment plans and lecture, maintaining all data records for students’ grades, and consulting with students during office hours.
Aug 2000 - May 2004
As Adjunct Instructor in the Sociology Department, my duties included developing syllabi and teaching Introduction to Sociology, Marriage and the Family and Deviant Behavior undergraduate courses (avg. class size 40), developing, administering and grading exams, assignments and class papers, preparing assignment plans and lectures, maintaining all data records for students’ grades, and consulting with students during office hours.
Jun 2009 - Jun 2019
Professional Educator's Certificate
Dept of Education/Florida
Delores Auzenne Minority Fellowship 1999
USF Latino Scholarship 1997
Meritorious Service Commendation,
ACTION, Washington, DC 1993
Bi Lingual Spanish/English
Research/Qualitative, mixed methods