I graduated high school in 1992 and went to Queens College, where I majored in English and Secondary Education, receiving my bachelor’s degree in 1997. From there, I attended Long Island University, CW Post, where I received my Master’s degree in Instructional Curriculum and Design in 1998.
I first worked at Gateway High School, having been directly assigned by the NY State Board of Education to work at this challenging school in Queens based on a strong recommendation from Queens College. After working there for a year, I moved to Utah with my family. I began working for Alpine School District (ASD) the next year in Mountain View High School, as a new English and ESL teacher. While there, I helped develop the ASD ESL program throughout the district. I also helped develop the Latinos in Action (LIA) program while there, as well as being the first teacher to implement the program in ASD. Additionally, I developed the school’s ESL program and served as department head for ESL. In 2008, I was honored to receive the ASD Alpine Foundation teacher of the year award as well as the Utah Valley University Latino Educator Award.
In 2009 I moved to Westlake High School, much nearer to my home, when it first opened. While there, I specialized in English, ESL, and LIA. I served as the 10th grade team lead while simultaneously serving as the district ESL department head for secondary schools. I served on the LIA board of directors and helped train new LIA teachers not only in ASD but in other districts, as well.
In 2013, I was recommended to be the new ASD Educational Equity Specialist. While in this district role, I developed the Migrant Education Program, took over the Civil Rights data completion report for ASD, implemented civil right compliance regarding translations and interpretations, implemented district-level mandated diversity training, and became certified by the Utah State Board of Education to become a Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage (REACH) trainer for teachers throughout Utah.
I am most proud of the influence I’ve had to increase awareness throughout ASD of the needs of our diverse student population and play a significant role in implementing programs and leading training that will help ensure that our students receive the assistance they need to realize their potential and be successful community leaders.
Monica C. Ramos Carlson Bio