Hispanic Caucus Officers



Gladys F. Marquez 

Term: 2016-2018

Email: NEAHispanicCaucusNews@gmail.com

IEA-NEA Illinois Education Association

  • IEA-NEA Local 218 Building Representative
  • IEA-NEA Region 28 Ethnic Minority Representative
  • Local 218 Bargaining Team
  • IEA-NEA Human & Civil Rights Committee (2010-Present)
  • IEA-NEA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee EMAC (2010-Present)
  • IEA-NEA Steering Committee (2010-2014)
  • IEA-NEA Legislative Committee (2014-Present)
  • IEA-NEA EMELTP and MLTP Planning Committee (2011-Present)
  • NEA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (2010-Present)
  • NEA-Hispanic Caucus Midwest Regional Director (2009)
  • NEA-Hispanic Caucus Secretary (2010-2013)
  • NEA-Hispanic Caucus Vice Chair (2013-2014)
  • NEA Hispanic Caucus Chair (2014-Present)
  • NEA-Resolutions Committee Member (2009-2014)
  • NEA-Social Justice Dialogue (2012)
  • NEA-Leadership Advisory Committee (2013)
  • NEA-Classroom Teachers, Professional Standards and Practices Committee (2014-2015)
  • NEA-MLTP Cadre Trainer (2012-Present)
  • NEA-Cultural Competence Cadre Trainer (2014-Present)
  • NEA School-to-Prison-Pipeline Taskforce (2015-2016)
Current Credentials
  • B.A. in Elementary Education IL Type-3(K-8)
  • B.A. in Secondary Education with a concentration in English, Reading, and Bio-Chemistry IL Type-9 (6-12)
  • M.A. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Evaluation with a concentration in ELL/Bilingual Education Endorsements and IL Type-29 (K-12)
  • M.A. in Educational Administration IL Type-75
Educational Work in Progress
  • Ed. D. Interdisciplinary Leadership: Not-for-profit/Social Entrepreneurship
Public Speaking Experience
  • No Child Left Behind Conference Chicago, Illinois (2008)
  • LEAD Conference Los Angeles, California (2014)
  • NEA Hispanic Observance Presenter (2014-2015)
  • #LATISM Panelist (2015)
  • NEA Hispanic Caucus Chair Spokesperson (2014-Present)
  • NEA –Ethnic Minority Affairs Co-Chair and Spokesperson (2015-2017)
  • NEA Leadership Summit, Dallas TX (2016)
  • Save-Our-Schools Coalition Rally (2016)

As a child, I remember my grandfather telling us stories of how we came to live in this great nation. My grandfather was fortunate to secure a position as a railroad worker on the Rock Island in the 1950’s. He worked as a migrant worker for 10 years before he was able to bring the entire family from, Zacatecas, Mexico in the 1960’s. My mother, then 13, explained how she struggled to understand the new language and culture. She talked about “not fitting in” and” feeling awkward and out of place.” She spoke about teachers not taking the time to teach her the language and her own feelings of inadequacy. She, like thousands of other immigrant students, decided to opt out of school and into the labor force taking a minimum wage factory job at the local steel mill, a trend I still see today. These discussions would fill me with sadness. How could my mother feel out of place? How could someone not appreciate her talent and her desire to learn? Most importantly, what was so wrong with our educational system that it would allow thousands of immigrant students to fall through the cracks? These questions would become my life’s passion. Today I look for the answer to these questions in my students. I work to help motivate, educate, and develop the skills and self-discipline necessary to fight for their futures. Cultural appreciation is the driving force behind these efforts. They know that if they believe in themselves, their heritage, and who they are, they can achieve that which they aspire to become. My students know that, for me, college is not an unattainable dream but an expectation to be achieved. I love what I do and work to make a difference in the life of every child who steps foot in my classroom. I change the world one child at a time. I am a teacher.

Together we can make a difference!



Christine V. Trujillo

Term: 2015-2017

Email: NEAHCVC@gmail.com

CEA – Colorado Education Association

  • JCEA Local Building Representative
  • Past JCEA Local Election Chair/Committee
  • Past JCEA Local Variance Committee
  • Past JCEA Local EMAC Steering Committee
  • Past Adams 1 Local Building Representative
  • Past Adams 1 Local Bilingual Teacher l Representative to BOD
  • Past Adams 1 Local Negotiations Team
  • NEA –Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee
  • NEA-Hispanic Caucus Vice Chair
  • NEA-Hispanic Caucus Treasurer
  • NEA-Hispanic Caucus Western Regional Director
  • NEA–Hispanic Caucus Liaison to the Women’s Caucus Steering Committee
  • Past NEA-Diversity Cadre Trainer of Trainer & Cadre Member
  • Past NEA-Social Justice Cadre Trainer
  • Past NEA-ELL Cadre Trainer
  • Past President of CABE (Colorado Association of Bilingual Education)
Current Credential
  • BA Elementary Education (K-6)
  • MA Linguistically Diverse Education (K-12) o Endorsement Linguistically Diverse Education: Bilingual Education (K-12) o ECE Credential

I was born in Taos, New Mexico and then brought up in the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado.  I am of Hispanic ancestry and grew up in a bilingual home where Spanish and English were languages of choice. Although I do not have children of my own, I can confidently claim I have assisted in helping raise my 15 sisters and brothers children.  As well as parent many, many, many students and parents along my educational career.

My Inspiration

Growing up in a large and diverse family, who spoke two languages had both advantages and disadvantages.  I choose to remember advantages rather than linger on the disadvantages.  However, I must admit, I will never forget the imposed disadvantages.  I know the power in numbers.  See, I remember knowing how proud I was that my parent’s families served to protect this country, even when it wasn’t kind to them.  Why?  Because I know there was power in numbers as many minorities were put on the front line in war.  I remember my parents walking into school and threatening to take all his 15 children out of school if they ever laid a hand on any of us for speaking Spanish or any other disciplinary actions.  That worked power in numbers.  I can remember my father negotiating pay for the work in the fields and telling others to demand more money or the crops wouldn’t be picked. Power in numbers!  Although my father was not a fan of the church, my mother who was like father and mother in his absence, instilled in each of us that church and community were essential.  Power in numbers!  Growing up alongside many, many migrant families and all of us being discriminated against instead of celebrated for a rich language and culture, only made me more passionate and committed to this work inside and outside of education.  For every child, parent or teacher who believes or doesn’t believe in themselves, I believe strongly for them that it is essential that we show them the power in numbers and education is the equalizer.  I look forward to the opportunity and work involved to convince our “gente” of our Power in Numbers!  Let’s get it done.



Nidia Lias

Email: NEAHCT@gmail.com

AEA – Arizona Education Association

TEEA – Tempe Elementary Education Association

Current Credentials
  • Arizona Teaching Certification – Elementary Education (1-8), ESL Endorsement
  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education with Bilingual Multicultural Emphasis – Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Associates in Arts – Child Development – Southwestern Community College, Chula Vista, California
Professional Highlights
  • Tempe Elem EA – Past President & Co-President
  • Tempe Elem EA – Past Treasurer
  • Tempe Elem EA – Past Secretary
  • Building Representative
  • Interest Based Negotiation Team
  • District Committee: Insurance, 403B, District Strategic Planning
  • Advocacy and Professional Right Team
  • Arizona Education Association – Past Treasurer
  • AEA Latino Out Reach Cadre – Past Governance Representative
  • AEA Board of Directors – Past Region 9 Director
  • AEA Ethnic Minority Caucus Treasurer
  • AEA Financial Revenue Committee – Past Chair
  • AEA Human & Civil Rights Committee – Past Chair
  • AEA Instructional & Professional Development Taskforce
  • AEA 3.1(g) Planning Committee
  • NEA Hispanic Caucus – Past Western Regional Director
  • Delegate to NEA Representative Assembly – beginning in 1998
  • NEA Western Region Organizational Effectiveness – Arizona Team Member
Presentation Opportunities
  • Treasurers Training – NEA Leadership Summit
  • Community Organizing – Engaging the Latino Youth – NEA Leadership Summit (co-presenter)
  • DACA/DAPA Community Information – AEA Latino Outreach Cadre
  • Effective Locals – NEA Western Regional Conference
  • ELL “Best Practices” – NEA Western Regional Conference
  • Treasurers Training – AEA Summer Leaders Training
  • AEA Emerging Leaders
  • TEEA Local Leadership Training
  • New Teacher Orientation – Tempe Elementary School District
Personal Highlights

I’m the eldest daughter of immigrant parents from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.  My brother and I were raised in San Diego, California and grew up surrounded by many extended family members.  My parents taught me the value of hard work, dedication to family and culture, and compassion for our fellow man.  I am a proud of my heritage and I celebrate my very diverse background Mayan, Spanish and Korean; I love sharing my heritage with peoples and telling the story of how a Mexican-Korean family came together in Yucatan, Mexico. I am the first in my family to graduate for college and I take that responsibility very serious as my parents worked hard for me to be where I am today.  My family and extended family helped me obtain my dream of becoming a teacher.  They all stood by me every step of the way; always encouraging me even when money was tight or the road to get there got stressful. I’ve always been surrounded by familia, abuelitos, tias, tios, and padrinos that encouraged all of us kids to do better and get an education, because they knew the key to all of us succeeding was though our education.  The lessons learned as a child are not forgotten, but will and are shared with the next generations.

Professional Highlights

I’ve been an employee of the Tempe Elementary School District for 22 years. I spent 15 years working as a classroom teacher teaching 5th grade and 6th grade middle school math.  I have also worked as a Title I Coordinator and Math Coach, and for the last 7 years I’ve been working in the Human Resources Department as the HR Recruitment, Retention and Employees Relations Manager.  In my 22 years in Tempe Elementary District I have also had the privilege of being part of my local and state association leadership.  The opportunities and professional learnings that were extended to me helped me to be more of a voice for our members, community and students, our immigrant families, DACA-mented youth, our GLBT community and our ethnic minority communities.



Daniel Argueta

Term: 2016-2018

Email: NEAHCS@gmail.com

Illinois Education Association

  • IEA-SEA Building Representative
  • IEA Region 35 Ethnic Minority Representative
  • School Board Relations Committee
  • District Contract Negotiations Committee
  • IEA Representative Assembly Delegate (2015-2016)
  • EMELT (Emerging Minority and Ethnic Leaders Training) Planning Committee)
  • NEA Representative Assembly IEA Delegate
  • NEA Hispanic Caucus Midwest Regional Director (2015- 2016 )
  • NEA Hispanic Caucus Secretary (2016-Present)
Current Credentials
  • B.S. in Management – National Louis University
  • MBA with minor in Public Administration – Keller School of Management
  • Teaching Certification – Type 10 – Judson University Certifications in Science, PE, and Health ~ Endorsements in ELL and Bilingual – Illinois State University
  • Project Management – PEMBOK – George Washington University
  • Green Belt – Statistical Analysis
  • Adjunct Professor at Judson University (2012 – Present)

I’m the oldest of three brothers, and I was raised by a strong Latina mother, and a strong hard working Latino father. Both my parents were from Guatemala and I’m extremely proud of my Hispanic Heritage.  My mother always said we were blessed to welcome every day and thus she helped form my views in life.  I had a very successful career in the corporate world, but it was time for me to follow my heart and passion, and truly make a difference in the lives of others.  I wake up every day blessed because I love teaching!  It’s important to pass along the knowledge and experience we have and I am able to do so with my two wonderful children, the students at my school, the students I mentor at the university, and the beautiful children that allow me to be a part of their lives through Special Olympics.


I’ve been teaching in Schaumburg School District 54, in Illinois, for the past 7 years.  In that time I have been blessed to work in all grades from kindergarten through 8th, with a variety of diverse students.  Currently I’m a physical education teacher but I have had the privilege of also teaching Science, Math, Health, and World Cultures. My work with adapted PE is particularly rewarding. For the past 5 years I have also been an adjunct professor at Judson University were I teach Adapted Physical Education and Wellness courses. Previously I worked at Motorola for 18 years in various positions throughout the corporation including: systems Integration, manufacturing, contract management, purchasing, and procurement.    The past 3 years have been rewarding as I have been able to work with some great leaders throughout the union. The work on DACA and Immigration has been particularly rewarding and it is one that drives me! Ive been fortunate to be and Urban Grant recipient and co-recipient of an MCOP grant. Im also blessed be part of the, Compassion and Justice Ministry, at my church that serves refugees and immigrants.