Claudia Saavedra Smith graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a double minor in French and Hispanic Studies. After working as a classroom teacher in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School (CHCCS) District for several years, she pursued higher education. She holds an M.A. degree as a Literacy Specialist from Teachers College at Columbia University. While there, Claudia interned with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Program (TCRWP), where she collaborated with staff developers and assisted in the creation and delivery of professional development across schools in the tri-state area. Claudia then returned to the CHCCS district where she worked as a K-5 Bilingual Math and Literacy Interventionist at Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe (FPGB). Now, Claudia serves as the K/1 Dual Language Coach at FPGB and is in her last year of the Master of School Administration program at North Carolina State University.
Luz Mery Suarez graduated from Incca University in Bogota, Colombia with a B.A. in Modern Languages (Spanish-French-English). Luz worked as a K-12 bilingual teacher in several schools. She simultaneously worked as a professor at Javeriana University in Bogota while she acquired her Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from the Distrital University. In 2008, she decided to travel to the United States to become a first-grade dual language teacher at Carrboro Elementary School (CES) in the CHCCS district. She was fortunate to be enrolled in the Dual U program where she learned how to best support her biliterate, bilingual, and bicultural students. In 2009, she was named International Teacher of the Year at CES. She obtained her Master’s Degree in TESOL from Greensboro College while teaching first grade. Then, she accepted a role as a bilingual interventionist. In 2013, she returned to Colombia in order to learn about the International Baccalaureate Inquiry Program while working at the English School for two years. Finally, she returned to the CHCCS district and has been working as the 2nd and 3rd grade Instructional Coach at FPGB Elementary School.
Ginebra Arroyo Martín was born in Madrid, Spain where she graduated from The Complutense University of Madrid with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Later, she completed additional training in Spain at the Asociación Nacional para la Formación y Asesoramiento de Profesionales and at The University Camilo José Cela. Upon arriving in the United States, she worked as a second-grade teacher assistant in Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, where she fell in love with bilingual education. Currently, she is working as a kindergarten teacher at Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe Elementary School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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