Assistant Principal - Castellanos Campus

As Assistant Principal, Carmen is responsible for supporting teachers’ data-driven instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Carmen works closely with key stakeholders—parents, teachers and leaders—to develop Camino Nuevo’s bilingual scholars into critical and compassionate thinkers who are advocates for change. Carmen’ s commitment to teaching in urban communities started at the Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School (PS 218) in The South Bronx through The New York City Teaching Fellowship. At PS 218, she taught kindergarten, first grade and second grade; and in 2011, Carmen was selected to be part of the school’s Scientific Inquiry Team, where she and a team of five teachers conducted a year-long study on low-performance indicators of over 600 students, and created a research-based intervention program, 5 Steps to Success, aimed at improving student test scores. The findings from this study were later presented at the NYC Department of Education Bilingual Symposium Bilingualism: Promoting Equity and Access for All Students. As a teacher leader at CNCA, Carmen took on leadership roles as an Instructional Cadre member related to implementing the Depth of Knowledge framework; and, she was selected to present at UCLA’s The Open Door Series: Dual Immersion Instruction and the California Common Core as well as the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) in San Francisco. Other professional experience includes teacher tenure and layoff policy recommendations to former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Teach Plus sponsored event Teacher Solutions for a Post-Vergara Profession and being a Lead Author of the Teach Plus published brief Towards Smarter Tests: California Teachers Examine Next Generation SBAC Assessments.
Carmen completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minor in Spanish from the University of Southern California and her Masters of Science in Bilingual Special Education from the City University of New York in Manhattan.