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Jessica Hernandez was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua México. When she was six years old, her family migrated to the Central Valley. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Chicano Latino Studies with a concentration in Visual and Performing Arts. Maestra Hernandez started the BCLAD program but, with No Child Left Behind, held off her dream of becoming a teacher. She worked in the Finance sector for ten years before deciding to go back and finish her teaching credential. She substituted in different districts in the county. She taught first grade last year in a Title I school and because of this, knows first hand the struggles students face today. Maestra Hernandez understands what the skills are that students need to be successful in the Global Economy. She is passionate about learning, enjoys teaching community building through cultural awareness, and in incorporating technology and the arts to teach students those skills. She enjoys reading, arts and crafts, traveling and is  raising her twin daughters to become global citizens. 











 Amanda Lomeli was born in San Francisco to a loving couple from Cañadas de Obregón, Jalisco,  México in 1990. She grew up in Northern California, and studied Sociology at the University of California,  Riverside. While attending the university, she spent five months living, traveling, and studying in South  Africa. She has traveled to over fifteen countries, and believes that interest and understanding in other  cultures is essential to prospering in our global world. She loves music, running, and reading!  She worked as CCLA's first Reading Resource teacher from January to June of 2017,  and provided reading intervention for students in first, second, and third grade. Amanda will have  her Multiple Subjects Credential and Masters in Education in January of 2018. 
















             Juliana Mendez