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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.
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.