Prestigious fellowship helps Latino professionals within the education sector step into leadership roles and advance their careers

Boston, MALatinos for Education announced the 63 Latino leaders selected to participate in the Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship (ALLF), a hands-on training program that supports Latino professionals within the education sector in Massachusetts, Houston and the Bay Area step into leadership roles and advance in their professional careers. During the unique program, Fellows explore how their experience and identity as Latinos shaped their professional journey and can be leveraged to grow their own leadership. It also equips participants with professional development training and connects them to networking opportunities within the organization’s network of over 500 alumni. 

Latino students account for more than 28% of the public K-12 student population. Yet, even as these numbers continue to grow, Latino representation within the educator workforce remains low as Latinos account for only 9% of all teachers and 9% of all principals, and the number of Latinos in other administrative and leadership roles is equally low.

“The Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship is designed to give Latino professionals who are already established in their career the ability to think about the contributions and impact they want to make within the education system. Fellows leave the program telling us that the idea of becoming a school leader, running a school or becoming a superintendent seemed out of reach, but they now know it’s possible and they have a community of Latinos cheering them on,” said Amanda Fernandez, CEO of Latinos for Education.

The new cohort of ALLF Fellows spans an array of professional experiences – from math instructors to wellness directors, school counselors, administrators, and principals across higher education institutions and K-12 schools in some of the country’s largest school districts: Houston Independent School District, Boston Public Schools and San Mateo Union High School District. To learn more about the fellows, click here.

The 2023 Aspiring Latino Leader Fellows include:

Greater Houston, Texas

  • Adrian Acosta, Officer of Academic Instructional Technology – Houston ISD
  • Jay Alvarez, High School Graduation Coach – Houston ISD
  • Cintia Arenas, Principal of YES Prep Gulfton
  • Anais Barrera, Bilingual Interventionist for Yes Prep
  • Joehan Beard, Dean of Instruction at YES Prep Gulfton
  • Natalia Carrillo, Bilingual implementation specialist for Texas Education Agency
  • Apolinaria Castillo Cornejo, Cross-Functional Team Member – Houston ISD
  • Linda Garza, YES Prep Public schools
  • Leticia Gordillo, College Counselor – YES Prep Public Schools
  • Evelyn Gutierrez, Assistant Principal – YES Prep East End Elementary
  • Alexis Osorio Juusola, Managing Director of Multilingual Education – KIPP Public Schools
  • Karla Kalantar, Director of Public- Private Partnerships – Community Preschools
  • Roberto Leyva, Campus Educational Technologist – Middle College High School Fraga
  • Christian Martell, Director of Student Recruitment at QuestBridge
  • Liliana Martinez, EMERGE-HISD
  • Carolina Moore, Director of Elementary Curriculum – Houston ISD 
  • Alejandra Muñoz, Director of Alumni Support – YES Prep Public Schools
  • Edna Narvaez-Rera, Elementary School Teacher
  • Emil Niz, College Counselor – YES Prep Public Schools
  • Daniel Rodriguez, College, Career & Military Department Coordinator – Houston ISD
  • Ernesto Rodriguez, Instructional Coach – YES Prep Public Schools
  • Gladis Rodriguez, College and Career Instructor/Counselor – KIPP Public Schools
  • Amaris Salazar, Principal – Rocketship Texas Public Schools
  • David Sanchez, College Readiness Coordinator – Houston ISD

Bay Area, California

  • Noemí Arana, Assistant Principal – Rocketship Public Schools
  • Leticia Barajas, School Counselor – San Mateo Union High School District
  • Emilie Bohorquez, School Counselor – San Mateo Union High School District
  • Christina Cabrera, Lead Wellness Counselor – San Mateo Union High School District
  • Carmen Davalos, Family Recruitment & Engagement Specialist – Rocketship Public Schools
  • David Estrada, Community and Engagement Manager – Rocketship Public Schools
  • Roberto Granados, Consultant – Bellwether
  • Vicky Lopez, Principal – Voices College Bound Language Academies
  • Javier Magaña, School Counselor – San Mateo Union High School District
  • Jesus Mejia, Assistant Principal – Rocketship Public Schools
  • Jaime Mendoza-Williams, Director of Wellness and MTSS – Rocketship Public Schools
  • Gigi Muñoz, Workforce Development & Success Director – Felton Institute
  • Amy Parada, Associate Director of Parent Leadership & Community Organizing – Rocketship Public Schools
  • José Quintana, Capital Facilities Fiscal Manager – San Mateo Union High School District
  • Marissa Reyes, School Counselor – San Mateo Union High School District
  • Jazmin Quiroz


  • Anyis Acevedo, Enrollment & Re-Engagement Manager – Lawrence Public School
  • Maura Mendoza, Multilingual Services Coordinator – Somerville Family Learning Collaborative
  • Jenniffer Cabrera-Vicente, Student Support Coordinator – Haverhill Public Schools
  • Katherine Almonte, Dean of Students Lawrence High School
  • Derek Estrella, Program Coordinator & Adjunct Faculty – Holyoke Community College
  • Rosalin Dominguez-Casillas, MTEL Specialist/Teacher Coach – Boston Public Schools
  • Crystal Alcala, Assistant Principal – Boston Public Schools, Sarah Greenwood
  • Carlos Ayala, Recruitment and Retention Manager – KIPP MA
  • Linette Pichardo, Assistant Principal – Lawrence Public Schools
  • Rikelma Vargas, Dean of Curriculum, Instruction & Student Engagement – Lawrence Public Schools
  • Erika Jimenez, K – Caminos Teacher – Chelsea Public Schools
  • Marianely Horton, Director of Instruction – Oliver Elementary School
  • Nelly Garcia-Santana, High School Assistant Principal – Haverhill Public Schools
  • Christine John, School Adjustment Counselor – Worcester Public Schools
  • Johanny Canada-Hlatshwayo, Assistant Principal – Salem Public Schools
  • Veronica Gentile, Fifth Grade Teacher – Brooke Charter Schools
  • Maria Ortiz, Partnership Director – Lawrence Public Schools
  • Marianela De La Cruz, Partnership Director (Family Resource Center) – Lawrence Public Schools
  • Krystall Velez, Operations Manager – Phoenix Charter Academy
  • Brenda Peña, District Administrator of Mental Health, SEL, and Specialized Student Supports – Chelsea Public Schools
  • Victoria Hernandez-Bailey, District Student Success Coordinator – Haverhill Public Schools
  • Melissa Melendez, Ninth Grade Principal – Lawrence Public Schools

The Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship is one of several Fellowship programs offered by Latinos for Education. Other programs include the Latinx Teacher Fellowship to support Latinx educators within the teaching profession, Familias Latinas Por La Educación, a leadership development program for adult relatives of school-aged children, and the Latino Board Fellowship, which encourages and trains Latinx leaders to serve on boards of education nonprofits.


About Latinos for Education:

Latinos for Education is a national education non-profit organization focused on developing, placing, and connecting essential Latino talent in the education sector. The organization is mobilizing a network of skilled education leaders to ensure the voice of students and families is not only heard but factored into decision-making in schools, communities, and education institutions throughout the U.S. The organization also ensures Latino education professionals have access to a nationwide network of peers as well as career and professional development opportunities across the country through the members-only EdCentro network. For more information visit:

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