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Yee Wan, Ed.D. is director of Multilingual Education 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 leads the Access for All professional learning system, which builds a district’s capacity to install professional development and create systemic changes leading to increased academic achievement of English learners and empowering teachers and students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a global society. Recently, Yee led the SCCOE’s initiative in creating a communication toolkit to promote biliteracy and pathway awards and the study of languages and cultures which is intended to prepare students for 21st century global competencies.
Carlota Arevalo-Hammes held various assignments within Montebello Unified School District, the third largest school district in Southern California, ranging from teaching and coordinating, to administrative positions. Before relocating to Santa Clara County, she held positions as elementary school principal, assistant principal in the middle school, high school and alternative education levels, a bilingual elementary school teacher, literacy coach and as administrator designee for the district's severe autism program. Carlota possesses knowledge and experience in curriculum development and setting measurable goals that are data driven to reach positive outcomes in student achievement. She has extensive training and expertise in literacy, particularly in coaching teachers in foundational skills, reading and writing.
Mathew Espinosa is a Coordinator of Multilingual Education Services. He joined the SCCOE from the San Jose Unified School District where he worked as a teacher, English learner instructional coach, and administrator. Mathew has worked at elementary and secondary schools in California, Hawaii, Tennessee, Hong Kong, and Chile, including in two-way bilingual immersion, special & gifted education, and International Baccalaureate programs. At the university level, Mathew taught courses in ESL, academic writing, linguistics, and teaching second language learners at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and National Hispanic University. He received his teacher credential and B.S. in elementary education, Spanish and theater from Vanderbilt University and his M.A. in second language studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. His career has focused on ensuring that all students, particularly English learners, have the necessary opportunities to succeed academically and to grow into healthy, productive citizens. To learn more about me, click this link.
Dawn River, Ed.D.Coordinator, Multilingual Education Services/Title III(408) 453-4302
Dawn River, Ed.D., is a Coordinator of Multilingual Education Services. She joined the SCCOE from San Mateo-Foster City School District where she was the Coordinator of Categorical and EL Programs. Dawn has worked as a paraprofessional, teacher and math instructional coach for Los Angeles Unified School District. She was also a teacher and ELA/ELD specialist in Fremont Unified School District before becoming an administrator in SMFCSD. Dawn has expertise and experience in providing professional learning, especially in the area of supporting struggling students and English learners through equitable and culturally relevant practices. She has also coordinated and created programs and supports for students, families and teachers in her 20+ years in education. Dawn earned a B.A. in English with an emphasis on teaching and an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Northridge. She recently completed a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at California State University, East Bay. Her studies and research in the doctoral program have provided her the appropriate knowledge for working on equity and use of data to ensure equitable services and supports to districts, schools, students and families served by SCCOE. Dawn has focused her career and personal path on helping those who need her knowledge and expertise the most.
Olivia SantillanCoordinator, Secondary English Language Arts/Development & Humanities(408) 453-4261
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.