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Yee Wan, Ed.D. is director of School Climate, Leadership & Instructional Services at the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). She is the past president of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Board. Over the past 20 years, Yee has worked as a bilingual teacher, assistant professor, and administrator of English learner programs.
Yee provides leadership for building school and district capacity in developing systems for supporting English learner success. She leads professional learning on the English Learner Roadmap, implementation of the California English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) Framework, and a community of practice for English learners with disabilities in Santa Clara County. She serves on key statewide ELA/ELD and Mathematics Collaboration Committees to support the implementation of these frameworks. Yee also spearheads the national My Name, My Identity Initiative in partnership with NABE for building a culture of respect by honoring others' names and identities.
AJ is a School Climate Specialist in the TUPE Program! He joined the SCLIS team from being a Professional Expert with the TUPE Program. AJ has previous experience in working for the Public Health Department Tobacco-Free Communities program. He strives to advocate that youth should utilize their powerful voices to implement change in their community. He graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health. He is excited to work with school districts all over the Santa Clara County and coordinate youth events with the TUPE program.
Itzhecatl is the Supervisor, Tobacco Use Prevention Education in the TUPE Program! He joined the SCLIS team from Foster & Homeless Youth Educational Services. Itzhecatl has a strong passion for serving youth and their families. He has been an advocate for youth since he was in high school. He received his Master's Degree in Equity and Social Justice. He has over 14 years of restorative practices as a trainer. He is excited about opportunities for finding creative ways in engaging youth, families and community partners.
As a specialist for the TUPE Program, Juan joined us from the Santa Clara County, Public Health Department via the Tobacco-Free Communities Program and more recently, as a responder for the COVID-19 response. Juan has an immense passion and fascination with how pedagogy and public health intertwine and ways they can be used to guide and support the community. He looks forward to finding unique and impactful solutions to challenges he may encounter in his role. More importantly, in his work with the youth he is eager to absorb the invaluable knowledge and insight they have to offer.
As Coordinator for History-Social Science and Secondary Literacy, Laura came to the Santa Clara County Office of Education with almost 30 years of experience. She is well-versed in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and Response to Intervention (RTI), is an expert in Direct Interactive Instruction (DII) which specializes in establishing classroom rules and routines, classroom management, gradual release instruction, and standards-based assessments. She has worked in partnership with both Gender Spectrum and the Office of Civil Rights to promote district-wide Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT), is certified in Restorative Practices, and believes all students can and should succeed no matter their circumstances.
Laura's journey in education began in the Fremont Unified School District as a paraprofessional aide with special education students. It progressed to teaching social studies and working as an Activities Director at a high achieving multilingual junior high school in which she was recognized for "going above and beyond the call of duty" more than once. For the last two years there, Laura worked at the district level as an Instructional Coach; wherein, she provided one-on-one support for teachers and administration, created highly-interactive professional development, refined curriculum, and lead textbook adoptions to promote learning literacy skills through content.
Shama is the Coordinator of MTSS at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Shama's journey into education began over 20 years ago with her love of working with students on the autism spectrum, increasing their access to community activities and joy in supporting the development of peer relationships. She joined the SCLIS team after serving as principal/SPED director, curriculum and instruction specialist, inclusion specialist and supporting inclusive practices (SIP) coordinator.
Shama started her career in education working with children on the autism spectrum in non-public schools before gaining her teaching credential and master's degree in early childhood special education from Santa Clara University. In addition to promoting inclusive practices in the public school setting, Shama has also shared her passion for inclusive education as a faculty member and coach of the Educator Preparation Program's special education credentialing department. In the non-profit sector, Shama has served as both director of a special needs camp for students in grades 3rd-12th and assistant director for Via's First Step program, assessing and connecting families of eligible young children (0 to 3 years old) with disabilities to the San Andreas Regional Center and SCCOE's Early Start Program.
Hushi takes pride in connecting with community partners at the local and state level to build positive partnerships to ensure access and opportunity for all students. She is a member of the ELLLI (English Learner Leadership and Legacy Initiative) community and participated in Schools ReTool (in partnership with Stanford's Design School) to engage with school leaders on designing educational hacks that lead to equitable outcomes for students. She has also led projects on integrating technology meaningfully through language development and student portfolios with support from Seesaw and Apple.
My career in education began after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles, then a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California. I have taught everything from Ethnic Studies to World History utilizing a project-based learning model. My greatest joy is seeing students understand the content and apply it to their own lives!
As an Affinity Group Coordinator, I served on an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Strategic Leadership team, specifically supporting 21 campus affinity groups. Upon obtaining an Administrative Services Credential, I joined the Peninsula Bridge Summer Academy as a Site Director. This non-profit organization provides academic and personal support to students and their families beginning in 4th grade and extending through college. Whether in the classroom or office, it is always my goal to cultivate safe learning environments and to develop inclusive curricula that amplify students' voices.
Olivia Santillan started her teaching career in Fremont Unified in 1997 where she led multiple cross curricular teams through aligning curriculum and creating cross curricular lessons and units. Starting in 2014, Olivia worked as an assistant principal in San Lorenzo Unified where she was trained to conduct administrative work with staff, students, and families through a Restorative Practices and Equity lens. As a site administrator, she supervised and was responsible for the History Social Studies, ELA, and the ELD departments, CELDT testing, ELAC, Seal of Biliteracy, and CAASPP. She created and maintained partnerships between the engineering academy she supervised and the Computer History Museum, Facebook/Oculus, and Morpho Detection.
Jessica is a Coordinator of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at Santa Clara County Office of Education. She previously facilitated classroom learning as a teacher and teacher leader for 13 years before her talents for supporting and cultivating a diverse and nurturing learning environment led her into leadership roles. After attaining both a bachelor's and master's degree in secondary education, she pursued and was awarded an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. As a believer in lifelong learning, she is working toward her Doctorate in Education.Jessica served as Assistant Principal for three years before serving as Coordinator of Student Services for Eastside Union School District. She continues to incorporate new and innovative learning practices and techniques to support educators and leaders in improving student instruction by providing quality Professional. Her sustained goal is to ensure equity in education by providing guidance with learning strategies, interventions, and practices that close the achievement gap and address disproportionality.
Lindsey White is a Specialist for the Tobacco Use Prevention Education program. Lindsey has a great passion for serving youth and providing them with the tools that they need in order to become the best possible version of themselves as they grow older. Lindsey received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Chico State and her Masters of Science in Mental Health and Wellness from Grand Canyon University. She looks forward to serving youth all over Santa Clara County.