Hispanic Caucus Officers

NEA HISPANIC CAUCUS CHAIR

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Gladys F. Marquez 

Term: 2016-2018

Email: NEAHispanicCaucusNews@gmail.com

IEA-NEA Illinois Education Association

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Local 
  • IEA-NEA Local 218 Building Representative
  • IEA-NEA Region 28 Ethnic Minority Representative
  • Local 218 Bargaining Team
State
  • IEA-NEA Human & Civil Rights Committee (2010-2017)
  • IEA-NEA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee EMAC (2010-Present)
  • IEA-NEA Steering Committee (2010-2014)
  • IEA-NEA Legislative Committee (2014-2015)
  • IEA-NEA EMELTP Planning Committee (2011-2016)
  • IEA-NEA MLT Planning Committee (2011-2014)
  • IEA-NEA Racial and Social Justice Committee Chair (2017-Present)
  • NEA Board of Directors for Illinois (2017-2020)
National
  • 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- Professional Standards & 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)
  • NEA Human and Civil Rights Committee (2017-2018)
  • NEA Member Category Task-force (2017-2018)
  • NEA Conference Alignment Committee (2016-Present)
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.Ed. 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. Doctorate- Interdisciplinary Leadership: Nonprofit/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)
Recognitions
  • 2017 IEA-NEA Reg Weaver Human & Civil Rights Award Recipient
PERSONAL STORY

“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!

NEA HISPANIC CAUCUS VICE-CHAIR

Christine

Christine V. Trujillo

Term: 2017-2019

Email: NEAHCVC@gmail.com

CEA – Colorado Education Association

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
State
  • 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
National
  • 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
PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

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.

NEA HISPANIC CAUCUS TREASURER

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TONI V. MEJIAS

Term: 2017-2019

Email: NEAHCT@gmail.com

Local

  • ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 Local/Region
  • ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 Executive Board Member
  • ACE-AFSCME Negotiations Team (2014-2016)
  • ACE-AFSCME Advisory Council (2017-Present)
  • ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 Building Representative/Steward (2013 –Present)
  • Multi-Union Labor Coalition Team (August 2016-Present)

State

  • MSEA—Minority Affairs Committee (2014-Present)
  • MSEA Emerging Leaders Gen XI Graduate (Oct. 2015)
  • MSEA Strategic Planning Workgroup-Leading the Profession (2014-2015)

National

  • NEA Hispanic Caucus Treasurer (2017-Present)
  • NEA Hispanic Caucus ESP Director (July 2016-2017)
  • NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow Graduate (March 2017)

Credentials

  • Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus (Broadcasting & Communications)
  • New York Institute of Technology (Broadcasting & Communications)
  • Katherine Gibb School (Secretarial Certificate)
  • Prince George’s Community College (Paralegal)

Personal Highlights

I am a Hispanic Nuyorican (Puerto Rican born and raised in New York City) who grew up as a latch key kid, in the Bronx, raised by a single mom.  I forced my mom to teach me to read and write in Spanish before entering Kindergarten (my belief was that I would learn English when entering school).  I mastered speaking Spanish and not Spanglish by watching Spanish telenovelas and taking every opportunity to have conversations with my elders.
I am a wife and proud mother of four (Ivana-30, Kaine-24, Matthew-20 and Lauren-19).  I wake up every day knowing I am blessed!

Professional Highlights

My career spans over 25 years in various industries with a background in finance, account management, public relations, and most recently in education as an Education Support Professional. I have worked in Maryland’s largest school district the last 16 years mostly in school houses as a Principal’s Secretary/Bookkeeper and working with Hispanic/Latino students and families in the community. My last three years has been working for the Office of Diversity where I manage the fiscal and administrative supports of the department. I also assist with forging a culture of understanding diversity and equity throughout the district and continue to work with our families providing all the supports they need.

I am a UNION THUG! I believe in protecting the rights of my members, advocating for them, educating them and guiding them so they can become our future leaders. I have two callings:

1. To serve our students and their families. Know who they are, understand their culture, their struggles and care enough to help them navigate and succeed.

2. To serve the members of the NEA Hispanic Caucus by safeguarding and managing our funds, working alongside the officers and directors and to be present and available when called upon.

 NEA HISPANIC CAUCUS SECRETARY

Dan

Daniel Argueta

Term: 2016-2018

Email: NEAHCS@gmail.com

Local (SEA – Schaumburg Education Association):
  • IEA-SEA Building Representative
  • IEA Region 35 Ethnic Minority Representative
  • School Board Relations Committee
  • District Contract Negotiations Committee
State (IEA – Illinois Education Association): 
  • IEA RA Delegate
  • EMELT (Emerging Minority and Ethnic Leaders Training) Planning Committee
  • Human and Civil Right Committee
  • ACE’s State Cadre – Adverse Child Experiences
 National (NEA – National Education Association):  
  • NEA RA Delelgate
  • NEA Hispanic Caucus:
    • Midwest Regional Director (2015- 2016 )
    • Hispanic Caucus Secretary (2016-Present)
  • NEA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (2016-Present)
Current Credentials
  • 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, Health,
    • ELL, and Bilingual – Illinois State University
  • Project Management – PEMBOK – George Washington University
    • Green Belt – Statistical Analysis
  • Adjunct Professor at Judson University (2012 – Present)
    • Adapted Physical Education
    • Wellness

Personal Highlights

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 being an educator!  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.

 Professional Highlights

I’ve been teaching in Schaumburg School District 54, in Illinois, for the past 8 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 6 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 4 years have been rewarding as I have been able to work with some great leaders throughout the union. The work with Immigrants and Refugees has been particularly rewarding and it is one that drives me! I’m also blessed be part of the Compassion and Justice Ministry at my church that serves refugees and immigrants.