Leadership Team

Lidia Reguerin

(1932 to 2014)


Lidia Reguerin is the founder of Escuela Popular and an educator of 50 years. When you talk to students she is described as a woman of a great heart; and besides teaching with inexhaustible patience, she helps them solve personal problems, including buying them books or giving them money out of her own pocket for transportation. Lidia was born in a rural town of Bolivia. She is proud to be of her indigenous roots and native tongue of Quechua, which is transparent through the sincerity in the eyes; and through her soft, warm, and deeply meaningful words. After graduating as a Teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) from Escuela Normal de Profesores in Bolivia, she obtained a Masters at the University of Stanford, which is what brought her to the Bay Area. She admires Che Guevara, Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Martin Luther King Jr.

Patricia Reguerin

Executive Director

Born in Bolivia, Patricia migrated with her family to the United States when she was 5 years old. Her experience as an immigrant student gave birth to her passion for equity in education. Patricia began her career as a childcare provider at Escuela Popular in 1986. It was then that she realized she wanted to become a teacher. In 1991, Patricia graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a Bachelor's in Sociology and decided to continue for an additional year to obtain her Multiple Subject Bilingual Credential. Her first teaching assignment was as a bilingual kindergarten teacher, and she has taught bilingual and dual immersion grades K-2, served as a migrant education resource teacher, and a Title VII coordinator. Patricia has a Master's in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.