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.
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.
Christina Mireles is the Deputy Director of Escuela Popular. As Deputy Director, Christina works closely with the Executive Director to oversee the school's budget. She also spearheads the schools human resources and regulatory compliance efforts. She oversees overall school operations as well. Prior to joining Escuela Popular in August 2007, Christina worked at EdTec, Inc., a professional services firm providing advisory and back-office services to charter schools throughout California. While at EdTec, Christina counseled charter school leaders on personnel matters, fundraising, board development, strategic planning, regulatory compliance issues, and school/school district relations.
Earlier in her career, Christina practiced health care and government contracts law for four years with a Washington, DC law firm and worked as a Research Specialist with the Council of Great City Schools, a leading coalition of large urban public school systems based in Washington, DC. Christina earned her JD from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL, where she was an editor of the law review, and a Master's in Public Policy with a focus in Education Policy from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She received her BA with thesis honors in Political Science from Tufts University in Medford, MA.
High School Academy Vice Principal (AM)
Margaret is a native of San Jose. She graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Sociology. After graduation, she worked as a Paralegal for a small law firm and then moved on to work with attorneys representing indigent parents on dependency issues in Santa Clara County. In her Master's program, she researched and wrote many papers on the increasing drop out rates among Latino students. From there, she felt that she needed to make a difference and felt she could reach students as a teacher. She began working as a Social Science teacher at Escuela Popular in 2002. In her current capacity as Vice Principal, Margaret works diligently to retain students and to support their efforts to graduate from high school and to pursue higher education.
HR / Business Manager
Jamie earned a Bachelor's in Management from Menlo College. Jamie has more than six years of administrative experience in both the private and public sectors. Prior to Escuela Popular, Jamie worked at the University of California at San Francisco as a Program Assistant for the Pew Programs in Biomedical Sciences. His responsibilities consisted of coordinating annual meetings in Latin America and providing administrative support to the program director. Jamie's responsibility is to support teachers and school administrators in creating and maintaining a learning environment that is friendly, efficient, and professional. Specifically, as Human Resource / Business Manager, Jamie handles payroll for over 120 employees, maintains personael files, processes new employees, and processes the school's AP/AR.