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The Santa Clara County of Education (SCCOE) is Committed to serving, inspiring, and promoting student and public school success.
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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.
Denise (Deedy) Camarena is a Coordinator for School Climate, Leadership & Instructional Services. For the past two years, she has been the Secondary English Learner Academic Coach for Gilroy Unified School District. With her site English Learner teams, she has worked in collaboration with administration to improve upon their English Learner programs. In response to student and staff needs, her professional development was designed to included effective implementation of the California English Language Development Standards, CCSS and Content Standards, Equitable Assessment for English Learners and the analyzation of data to inform instruction. Deedy utilizes her vast knowledge of curriculum development and implementation, expertise with current English Learner methodologies and pedagogies, and culturally responsive practices, to create impactful professional development to guide educators of all levels.
Leading up to her most recent position, Deedy acquired her knowledge serving as district English Learner Coordinator, Elementary English Learner Summer School Coordinator and Spanish International Baccalaureate instructor. Using her fluency and extensive training in the Spanish language, she is a valuable asset to assisting the development of programs leading to K-12 students' proficiency in two or more languages.
AJ is a Safe and Healthy Schools Specialist in the TUPE Program! He is joining 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, Safe and Healthy Schools 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 joins 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.
Barb Flores is the Coordinator for English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Literacy. For the past five years, she has been a Coordinator for Curriculum and Instruction in Berryessa Union and Cupertino Union School Districts. She has worked closely with principals, teachers, and other stakeholders to assess student and staff needs and execute the necessary services in areas such as implementation of CCSS instruction, Units of Study in Writing and Reading, Balanced Literacy Framework, and Project-Based Learning. She possesses knowledge and experience in developing purposeful, relevant professional development which positively impacted student learning.
Prior to being a Coordinator Barb served as an ELA/ELD coach and site administrator of an elementary and middle school in the Franklin-McKinley School District. She received extensive training in pedagogy that supports English learners, analyzing and evaluating data to inform instruction, and developing professional learning communities to improve academic progress of students.
As Coordinator for History-Social Science and Civic Engagement, Laura comes 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, Laura has 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.
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.