Poder Educators Hosting Two Programs in October
Poder Educators is hosting two programs in October—the Latina Legacy Conference for female students and a virtual program for MCPS staff on elevating the Latino male voice. Poder is a group of Latinx educators within MCPS.
The Latina Legacy Conference will be held from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at 15 W. Gude Dr. in Rockville. The conference will include workshops on history, empowerment, mentorship and wellness; a career panel and a mentor luncheon. Latina community leaders will talk to students about opportunities within and outside MCPS to help prepare them for their futures. This event is sponsored by Poder Educators and the MCPS Office of Strategic Initiatives; it is spearheaded by Dr. Sofia Vega-Ormeño, assistant principal at Col. Zadok Magruder High School.
The keynote speaker is Melissa Rivera, communications specialist with the Department of Communications.
Panelists will include:
- Alicia Deeny, principal, Richard Montgomery High School
- Melissa Laureano, parent community coordinator
- Paula Pero, world language resource teacher, Albert Einstein High School
- Norca Yarborough, lead Emergent Multilingual Learners (EML) therapeutic counselor
- Karla Lopez-Arias, supervisor, Behavioral Health
The Oct. 19 event for staff will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The meeting ID is: 826 2998 2891 and the passcode is PODER.
Panelists include students from MCPS, and:
- Francisco Valverde, acting assistant principal, Watkins Mill High School
- Oliver Fajardo, instructional specialist, Bilingual Assessment Team
- Oscar Ramos, teacher, Quince Orchard High School
- Edvin Hernandez, equity training specialist, Equity Initiatives Unit
- Daniel Garcia, principal, Ridgeview Middle School
- Oscar Alvarenga, newcomer coordinator, International Admissions and Enrollment