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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

       Julianna Mendez was born and raised in Windsor where she attended its local dual immersion school, Cali Calmecac. She               was also very fortunate to have student taught at Cali Calmecac. Julianna is the youngest of three children. Her father is                 from the state of Mexico, and was raised in San Diego. Her mother was born in Chicago, but her roots are Mexican as well.             Julianna is very proud of her culture and holds both the Mexican and American cultures dear to her heart. She  graduated             from Dominican University with her BA in Liberal Studies and also completed their credential program. She feels so                         fortunate to be apart of CCLA’s team. She believes in a hands on learning approach. She is enthusiastic and her goal is to               inspire her students to have a love for learning, be caring, compassionate and accepting members of the global community.