Monica Hurtado de Mendoza is an ESL/Dual Language Resource Teacher at Jefferson County Public Schools in Lakewood Colorado, where she works with ESL teachers, administrators, and content area teachers supporting them with understanding and implementing best practices for EL student. In her role she also works with Dual Language coaches and DL teachers where she collaborates with them planning Biliteracy units, Paired Literacy strategies, provides professional learning, and instructional tools for teachers and administrators around the concepts of Biliteracy, Oracy and Translanguage.
Previously as a Dual Language Coach she worked at an Elementary school overseeing the implementation of the Dual Language Program, coaching teachers and providing Professional Learning around topics of ESL strategies, instruction for EL students, culturally responsive practices, among others. Monica also has prior experience as a Special Education teacher where she had the opportunity to advocate and support EL students with learning disabilities. She is originally from Santiago, Chile where she earned her BA in Elementary Education. Monica holds a master’s in Multicultural Bilingual Education & Special Education from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She enjoys spending time with her 5-year-old daughter, and being outside in beautiful Colorado outdoors.