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Dr. Patricia Fernandez
Dr. Patricia Espinoza Fernandez is the Coordinator of Student Supports for the Lakeside Union School District (LUSD), a K-8 California school district. Previously, she served as a teacher, administrator of elementary and middle school campuses, a district administrator and as a county office of education administrator where she served as coordinator of world language programs.
The first in her family to graduate high school, Dr. Fernandez persevered as a life-long learner earning an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with Spanish Bilingual Emphasis, and M.A and Doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Patricia Fernandez is an advocate of children and youth who is dedicated to service and leadership. She 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.
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. She was a board of director for Whispering Winds’ Catholic Conference Center. In 2015, she successfully defended her dissertation: Dual Language Immersion Program Equity and Access. She has taught in higher education for private, CSU and UC university campuses, She serves as an Advisory Board Member to San Diego State University's Dual Language Education (DLE) Department.
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