Dr. Patricia Fernandez

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Dr. Patricia Fernandez

Dr. Patricia Espinoza Fernandez is the Coordinator of Student Supports for the Lakeside Union School District (LUSD), which is a K-8 school district. Dr. Fernandez has been an educator for nearly thirty years, and her career includes serving in four California public school districts. She has served as a classroom teacher at the elementary level, as site administrator of elementary and middle school campuses and, has worked as a district administrator in Educational Services and Pupil Services departments. She was a county office of education administrator where she served as coordinator of world language programs and was certified to support school districts identified for program improvement. She has been an adjunct professor of education for private, CSU and UC university campuses and currently serves as an Advisory Board Member to San Diego State University's Dual Language Education (DLE) Department.

Patricia became the first in her family to graduate high school. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts,  Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a Spanish Bilingual Emphasis, a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Patricia Fernandez is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders who serve, lead, and inspire children and youth. She is an active member of MANA de San Diego's Hermanitas Youth Leadership Mentor Program and an active member of the Princess Project Non-Profit of San Diego. Dr. Fernandez is the past city commissioner to the city of Chula Vista’s International Friendship Commission where she served a two-year term. She completed a three-year term as a board of director for Whispering Winds’ Catholic Conference Center. Dr. Fernandez was named UCLA Upward Bound Program Outstanding Leader in 1986, South Bay Union School District's Employee of the Month in 1998 and Teacher of the Year in 2004. She represented U.S. educators in China in 2009 as a Chinese Bridge delegate. In 2011, she was awarded two fellowships to the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Virginia and the Phil Mickelson ExxonMobile Teacher Academy in Louisiana. 

Dr. Fernandez relates well to the families she serves and is passionate to connect them to resources in order to help students thrive. She grew up in poverty in East Los Angeles, California. She was an English Learner who attended public schools in California and Mexico and vividly recalls the challenges that language needs often bring. She experienced homelessness as a child. She was a student who presented chronic attendance in school due to transportation issues and chronic illness. Her understanding and empathy of families who face similar experiences and specialized training fuel her work in support of children and youth.

Follow Dr. Fernandez on Twitter @Dual_Language or contact her at pfernandez@lsusd.net.