With a Master’s degree in Spanish, Teresa has taught Spanish for many years in LOSD, has been an elementary summer school principal, worked as a news reporter for Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, and has worked extensively with LOSD and Oregon colleagues to bring the work of equity, diversity and inclusion to the forefront for teachers, staff, students, and community members. Those who work with her say she is a leader, a compassionate listener who strives to build understanding in the work of equity, and that she cultivates fun and creative learning spaces where students feel included, valued and heard, where students are able to take risks and where they have opened their minds learning a new language. Teresa adds, “This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I believe that every child deserves access to what they need to be successful academically and socially and I am excited to work towards providing this opportunity to students in Lake Oswego. My ultimate goal will be to make sure that all students continue thriving academically and socially and that they are all college-and career- ready by the time they graduate.”
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA)
Diversity and Inclusion
The Lake Oswego School District celebrates diversity and inclusion. LOSD defines diversity as all the unique identities that our students and families bring to our schools. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive space where children feel a sense of belonging, and where they can thrive regardless of their unique identities.
Diversity is key in developing four skills that are essential in the 21st century: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. LOSD believes that embracing diversity and inclusion prepares students to become lifelong learners and contributing world citizens.
Equity and Access
The Lake Oswego School District commits to achieving educational equity. (Equity Policy) LOSD defines equity as providing access to what each and every student needs to be successful academically and socially. In order to achieve educational equity, LOSD is intentional about examining and removing systemic barriers that create different outcomes for students. The goal is to raise the academic and social achievement of all, while narrowing the opportunity gap amongst the different groups within the LOSD learning community.