WELCOME CABE MEMBERS TO THE 2018 CABE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION!
THIS YEAR'S NOMINEES
PRESIDENT - ELECT
Olivia YahyaI have been an advocate for world languages, bilingualism, multicultural education, and transformative pedagogy for over 30 years and believe that my service to CABE is pivotal to this role. I envision CABE as a catalyst and vital vehicle for the inspiration and empowerment of educators who work with students and parents from many diverse language and cultural backgrounds. California educators face many challenges as they strive to provide an equitable education for multilingual and multicultural students in the 21st Century and my life’s mission is and has been to collaborate with colleagues statewide in meeting these challenges. I was fortunate that my father was transferred to Mexico when I was only five years old, thus becoming bilingual in Spanish and English. Here I began to love and appreciate the value of different languages and cultures. I have more than 30 years of experience as an educator, teaching at the pre-school through adult levels in regular, Bilingual and Two-Way Immersion programs. I have a BS in Education from the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico and a MS in Educational Leadership Academy from Pepperdine University; additionally, I hold a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a BCLAD in Spanish and an Administrative Service Credential. I have served CABE over 23 years as a member, presenter at their annual conference, as the Region III representative and the Director of Community Affairs on the Board of Directors. I am ready to expand that service by working with the Executive Board as President Elect. I share CABE’s vision of “Biliteracy, Educational Equity and 21st Century success for all!” and am committed to making positive, influential contributions to this work. I have been a strong advocate for students, parents, and teachers especially if they are from different cultures and languages. I’ve supervised over 200 classified and certificated staff; was instrumental in the development and state approved SB 1292 staff development for teacher certification; met with district and site administrators to develop and implement a district-wide ELD program and pathways; and currently guiding Westminster in the development and implementation of a Dual Vietnamese and Spanish Immersion Program. Through my CABE membership, servant leadership, volunteering at a homeless shelter for women, and participation in numerous advocacy-oriented projects, such as the PROMISE Initiative, I believe I am qualified to motivate, organize, prepare, and support other educators, as we collaboratively work towards that vision. Together we can provide educational equity through powerful networking and collaboration with like-minded peers who share the same passion.
Dr. Annie Rodriguez
Dr. Annie RodriguezVISION FOR CABE (VISIÓN PARA CABE)
My Vision: “CABE will continue to expand and create successful biliterate and bicultural lifelong learners, that are ready to dominate in a global economy through the development of 21st century skills, biliteracy and multilingualism throughout California and across borders” EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE (EDUCACIÓN/EXPERIENCIA)
My commitment to CABE spans over 30 years of dedicated service to ELs and educators who work with them. For 13 great years, I was dedicated to Stanford University where I worked as an online instructor, helping teachers of English learners work towards earning their CLAD certification. I am a past president of the San Francisco Association for Bilingual Education (SFABE) and the immediate past president of the Latin American Teachers Association (LATA), helping to make a difference for our kids in all capacities, all the while, teaching in an elementary school classroom all day. I will continue to advocate for English learners and their families and support them both culturally and linguistically. I will continue to commit in supporting high quality English Language Learner (ELL) programs that value a student’s native language and culture to ensure linguistic, academic, and social- cultural success. Supporting Multilinguism and Biliteracy programs will be part of my work for CABE. To be a leader you must follow. I have followed, and I have learned. I believe a leader’s job is to listen to students, parents, and to the public. I am bringing that experience with me. LEADERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS TO MEET THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION (CALIFICACIONES DE LIDERAZGO PARA CUMPLIR LAS RESPONSABILIDADES DE LA POSICIÓN)
DIRECTOR OF PARA EDUCATOR AFFAIRS
Marissa Lazo Necco
Marissa Lazo NeccoIt would be an honor to continue to serve students by serving in the CABE Board as it aligns with my personal values and beliefs that all children deserve a positive and equitable education experience, with multilingual access in order to be prepared for this global economy. My journey in education began in 1997 as a para-professional. I knew my calling was to serve children and their support system. I continue to serve by providing professional learning opportunities for over 10 years on research-based practices that support all children. From workshops for administrators, certificated/classified staff on positive school climate techniques all staff can implement, to parent leadership classes that have positive impact in students’ academics and life. I also continue to grow and work towards my MFT.
DIRECTOR OF PARENT RELATIONS
Rosa ArmstrongMy vision for CABE is to encourage and advocate for parents to receive the tools and resources they need in order to develop the skills to prepare their children to become global learners in the 21st Century. I want to be the person who empowers and builds the self-esteem of English Learners and their families. I also want to be a resource who understands and finds every option available to help parents achieve educational success in life for their children. I attended UCLA as an undergraduate student. I graduated from California State University of Los Angeles with a Bachelor's Degree. I have been a member and an elected official of CABE for the past twelve years. I am an employee of the Palmdale School District since 1994. I started my career in this district as a Bilingual Instructional assistant. Since then I have filled many positions in the bilingual sector of the school district. I was the District's Translator and interpreter for ten years. I also taught ESL classes and parenting classes in my community; and I was a facilitator for DELAC, ELAC and Migrant Education Programs. I assisted in creating many of the bilingual education programs for the Palmdale School District. I consider myself an exceptional individual who is highly respected by district administrator, educators and parents. I am committed to advocating for the support and education of English Learners. I will support the mission and vision of CABE, as well as the Strategic Plan for Creating the Roadmap of English Learners Success." This includes, advocating for family and community engagement. Lastly, I will create strong partnerships between community leaders and advocates in the community. My Bilingual background has empowered me in so many different ways. It has given me the experiences in educational environments and the abilities to understand the varied needs of English Learners and their parents. I am a strong advocate for English Learners. I want to empower English Learners to be successful citizens in the 21st Century. For the past twelve years, I have had the honor of serving in the CABE Board of Directors. I have also served in the following committees:
DIRECTOR OF STATE AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
Dr. Marlene Batista
My career in education, or better yet my decision to become an educator and advocate for English Learners, began at 19 working as a bilingual para-educator. Just days on the job I quickly realized that “those” kids assigned to me because they didn’t speak English were a marginalized and discriminated group. I realized I was the only person in that classroom working to ensure that they had the opportunities that every child going to school in America deserved. It was there that my journey began to becoming a teacher. Over a long career span, I have worked as a bilingual teacher in different districts throughout LA County and then after completing a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Multi-lingual/Multi-cultural studies I became an EL Teacher Specialist. During that time, I worked with a team of passionate bilingual educators like myself to receive a Title VII grant and begin the first dual language program in Glendale, a victory against the likes of Proposition 227. As I moved into my administrative career I was blessed with the opportunity to open a dual language school in Palmdale. This 5 ½ year endeavor was one of the most difficult yet rewarding of my career. With the help of a small group of teachers, staff and parents we built an amazing school and community that educated children in two languages and brought in our parents as true learning partners in their children’s education. In fact, we built such a strong program and school environment that we earned the CABE Seal of Excellence award prior to my departure. In 2016 I was recruited to Oxnard to become the Director of English Learner Services and the thought of advocating for over 8000 EL students was a challenge I could not decline. I have held the position now for a little over a year and in that time we have trained over 900 teachers in designated and integrated ELD instruction, created structures to ensure our students are receiving their designated time and that we are monitoring their progress, and brought in Project 2INSPIRE to positively empower and educate our Latino parents. As I complete my second school year in this position my work continues as I challenge myself and our district to begin to close the achievement gap for our EL students in Oxnard.
As a bilingual educator I have always considered myself an advocate for EL students, however, earning a scholarship to attend ELLLI – The English Learner Leadership and Legacy Institute last summer was a game changer. Learning about the history of advocacy for English Learners in California by some of the most respected advocates in our profession fueled my passion to expand my impact. This year I have helped build the 805 EL Advocates, a group of Ventura educators to find local ways to work for our students and their families. We meet monthly after work to think up of ways to further the achievement of our EL students in Ventura. In fact, we have been planning a countywide EL Parent Conference, “Saber Es Poder”, bringing together all the local districts to provide an educational day for our EL parents free of charge, a consorted effort never seen before in this area.
As I look back on my 25-year career as a bilingual advocate there is one organization that has remained constant throughout and that is CABE. From my early start as a bilingual teacher in the early 90’s I recall learning about CABE and the excitement I felt when I was given the opportunity to attend the conference. And despite turbulent times experienced by those of us working with our ELs in California brought on by bad legislation, CABE remained strong fighting for the rights of our children. As we move into better times I am excited to be part of organizations like CABE to be the voice that our students need to ensure that they receive the equitable education they deserve. We have seen ups and downs in our educational system over the last century and it is only by supporting and being a part of an organization like CABE that we can ensure that our students needs are not forgotten.
DIRECTOR OF STATE AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
Regina PiperAs a nominee for the Director of Legislative/State Affairs, I would be honored to continue to uphold and promote through advocacy and collaboration, CABE’s Vision and Strategic Goals of equity and student achievement for students with diverse cultural, racial, and linguistic backgrounds. I am eager to continue to collaborate with the CABE Board in order to accomplish the goals stated in the CABE Compass. In 1975, when CABE was formed, I was a happy first grader on Long Island, NY living within a predominantly white, monolingual community, unaware of the advocacy and work being done by CABE. Years later, when I relocated to San Francisco in 1993 and began working as a teacher within a Spanish Dual Immersion elementary school, I began to understand more deeply, the value of bilingualism/biculturalism and my responsibility as an educator to advocate for students’ rights to have access to the highest quality instruction and supports in English, Spanish and other languages. During my 24 years serving as a teacher and an administrator within SFUSD and as a parent, I have had many experiences that have further shaped my personal beliefs and values about education that are so closely aligned to CABE’s vision for educational equity. As a teacher, I worked directly with ELLs receiving special education services and fought for access to general education placements and the supports needed for each to thrive and I worked with their families to better understand and successfully navigate our often confusing educational system. As a Supervisor of special education services, I guided the work of school teams to ensure that the full potential of students was advanced through the use of instructional strategies and supports that met both language and learning needs. In my role as Region 1 Representative (2015-16) and Director of Legislative/State Affairs since October of 2017, I have had the opportunity to better understand actions I must consistently take to support the critical work of promoting CABEs vision and goals within my own region and beyond. My professional work has always focused on ensuring equitable access and accelerated outcomes for diverse groups of learners including English Language Learners, African American students and students receiving special education services. As an individual, I believe my greatest strengths lie in my ability to develop meaningful relationships and to listen deeply and ask questions that allow me to better understand others’ perspectives and to communicate, act and advocate with diplomacy and care. I am fortunate to have had many leadership opportunities that I believe have prepared me to serve as the Director of Legislative/State Affairs on the CABE Board and lead with a high level of integrity and professionalism. Throughout my years as a teacher and Supervisor, I was a member of Instructional Leadership Teams, served as a mentor teacher to new special education teachers and was a member of a teacher leader group that provided guidance to the Special Education Department and professional development to other teachers across our district. In my current role as Director of Principal Leadership & Support, I work with leaders of schools with language pathways and some of the highest percentages of ELLs to develop and strengthen those actions that serve to accelerate the achievement of students. For the past six years, I have also served as a member of SFUSDs, Internal Oversight Committee for the implementation of the Lau Plan to ensure that at a district level, the decisions we make are aligned with our District goals of Access & Equity for English Language Learners.
I have served in many organizations as a volunteer and can highlight my work with ELAC/SSCs and PTAs bringing a perspective that honors and values our English Learner students and families. I am also very involved in our community performing many different support roles through planning, organizing, promoting & fundraising for local non-profit, community organizations such as Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, the Community Alliance for Committee for Special Education, Dance Mission Theater, SF Parks and Recreation to name a few and in organizing and supporting many volunteer efforts within my own children’s school. Thank you for considering me for this important role on the CABE Board of Directors!
REGION 2 REPRESENTATIVE
Esabel CervantesI cannot imagine living in a world wher all people were the same. I cannot imagine a world where everyone looks, speaks and acts the same because that is not our reality. Our world is filled with rich culture, language and differences and CABE is an organization that embraces all of it- Language and culture and I have had the great opportunity to work within this organization for the past few years. I believe that biliteracy, educational equity and 21 century skills are essential in order for students, parents and educational staff to be successful. CABE works toward a vision that creates opportunities for all to develop these skills and thus ensure success!
I was born and raised in Salinas California. I am a first generation university graduate from UC Santa Barbara where I received my BA in Sociology as well as my MS Teaching credential and an MEd. I later earned an MA and Administrative credential from San Jose State. My university experience also included involvement in a Latina based organization that served the greater Latino community in the Goleta/Santa Barbara area. The skills that I developed while balancing a full school, work and organizational leadership role helped me become elected for a position on the national board of the same organization. It is these experiences, coupled with my volunteer work on the Salinas City Elementary School Foundation and CABE planning committees that has given me the confidence to run for a CABE board position for the second time.
Aside from my volunteer work, I also serve my community as a full time Elementary School Principal at El Gabilan Elementary School in Salinas. In my position as a Principal it is my duty to ensure that I am creating equitable opportunities for all students to develop students’ success in the 21 century and thus work toward the CABE Vision. My district fully supports Dual Immersion programs and strongly encourages biliteracy for our students.
My own journey to becoming bilingual was reinforced due to the reality that many doors would be closed to me if I was not bilingual/ biliterate. In addition to this realization, I became more passionate about connecting more closely with my culture and being bilingual helped to pave the way. This is a journey that I continue to travel and as a CABE members, I have been provided with wonderfully enriching experiences through conferences and workshops.
In closing, my education, experience in non-profit work, including my service as a CABE board member, and my personal pedagogy to serve all students, especially English Learners, have guided me to work with the CABE Team to provide professional development opportunities for paraprofessionals, parents and certificated staff.
I have also found great joy volunteering to support the needs of English learners by serving on the planning committee for regional and annual CABE conferences.
I would be honored to continue to serve on the CABE Board of Directors and to support a central vision of biliteracy, educational equity, and 21 century success for all students.
REGION 4 REPRESENTATIVE
Mary Helen Ybarra
Mary Helen Ybarra
I see CABE growing even bigger in the field of Biliteracy and Equity. With the population that surrounds us today, we need to be ready to serve ALL children. I am very involved in my Community with service Clubs that promote education and children. I am in Kiwanis, Cinco de Mayo Scholarship committee, Philanthropy Education Organization PEO, Corona Fire Foundation, PTA District Advisor, YMCA Youth & Government, Corona Police Kids & Cops committee, DELAC, School board member, Riverside County School Board Delegate and I sit on CSBA Equity Commission. I am always promoting our many dual immersion programs in our school district. I have been President of Kiwanis, I am Vice President of CNUSD School Board, Past President of CNUSD district PTA, Past Vice President of Riverside County 23rd District PTA. I am a retired Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in this job of 35 years, I was also the staff scheduler plus other positions. I have leadership abilities that I can share if to be selected to be a Regional Director.
I was also appointed by the Senate Rules Committee to the State of California's Health Professions Education Foundation which awards scholarships to students going into the medical field. I served on this foundation 6 years, I completed my term and decided not to be appointed a second term. I love speaking to ELAC and DELAC parents to help heighten awareness of the importance of education and educational programs for their students. I make myself available to translate for PTA events, workshops or parents who need translation at appointments for parent teacher conferences.
I truly care about Latino education and empowerment of families. I believe families play a significant role in a child's education, I want my parents in our school district to become familiar with the education system that their children are in. I have worked diligently to inspire parents to enroll in free English courses and Project 2 Inspire to improve and strengthen their communication skills which will help their children succeed.
On September 16, 2014 I became the first Latina to be appointed to the Corona Norco school district board. With 53% Latinos in CNUSD it was past due. I believe this was quite an accomplishment for me and the community and the children I can impact. I firmly believe ALL children should have the opportunity to continue their education in some way, shape or form: whether it be in a college or university, trade school or other training program.
I was recently surprised with a call, telling me I was chosen as the "HOPE Latina Advocate Award winner", which I will receive on May 23, 2018 in Sacramento. I was nominated by my Assembly member of the 60th District Honorable Sabrina Cervantes. I am one of 5 Latinas to be chosen in California. It is a great honor and privilege to receive this award on behalf of Latina Advocates. HOPE stands for Hispanas Organized for Political Equity.
I am also the very Proud Chapter President of Riverside who was just presented at our CABE Conference as the "CABE 2018 Chapter of the Year". We have worked hard this past year to bring our membership up. We are getting ready to celebrate at our annual CABE BEST awards dinner on April 27, 2018. We have over 425 registered attendees so far. It is a night to celebrate our wonderful students, Administrator, teachers, Para-educators and parents. We will be giving 10 senior scholarships of $1000 each. I am very proud of what I have been able to do in my chapter, moving this group of leaders forward makes me very proud. We must remember as the saying goes "it takes a village" this chapter is my village and I lead with proudly.