Childcare Academy Escuela Popular

Childcare Academy

Childcare Academy

Childcare Academy

149 N. White Road, San Jose CA 95127

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-10pm

yumararivasuribe@escuelapopular.org

Escuela Popular Childcare Academy’s mission is to stimulate the different areas of a child’s development. Its curriculum was inspired by Waldorf’s pedagogy, which uses teaching methods that seek to build a balance between the children’s intellect, imagination, and will. Waldorf’s pedagogy focuses in using art and nature to help the growth of human development. The purpose is to prepare children to reach maturity in various aspects such as, laterality, balance, coordinated movement, language, emotional stability and the ability to listen to better prepare them for the academic challenges that will come in the following stages of their lives.

 

Based on a deep knowledge of each child’s needs and Waldorf inspired curriculum, Escuela Popular Childcare Academy welcome each child with respect, individuality, and provide a homely atmosphere conducive to their development. As a result of this educational approach we help develop adults who are self-confident, respectful, creative, full of initiative, social sensitivity, stable emotional life, and completely capable of making new contributions to society.

Childcare Academy

Childcare Academy


Merle Boxill and Lydia Reguerin of Escuela Popular

Merle Boxill

Merle Boxill

Co-Director: Curriculum and instruction

Merle Boxill

 

Co-Director: Curriculum and instruction

merle@escuelapopular.org

Merle Boxill was born on Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.   Over 30 years ago she met Lidia Requerin -- and together they worked to improve education within the Latino community.

Years at EP

5 years

What attracted you to EP?

Its vision and mission.

What’s the best part of your job?

Working with teachers.

How does your passion align with EP’s vision?

My passion for academic excellence aligns with the school’s vision of preparing students for post-secondary education and the 21st century workplace.

Merle Boxill

Merle Boxill


San Juana Ochoa, Curriculum and Instruction Co-Director

San Juana Ochoa

San Juana Ochoa

San Juana Ochoa

Treasurer, Board of Directors

and

Curriculum and Instruction Co-Director

SanJuana Ochoa is currently a Vice Principal of Escuela Popular. She began at EP as a student in 1986 and soon after she was recruited by EP’s founder, Lidia Reguerin, to become an ESL teacher.

San Juana Ochoa

San Juana Ochoa


Dolores Huerta, Honorary Member, Board of Directors

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta – Member, Board of Directors

Dolores Huerta – Member. Dolores Huerta has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination. To further her cause, she created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues to her work to improve the lives of workers, immigrants and women. She has received many honors for her activism, including the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award (1993) and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award (1998). Huerta, mother of 11 children, was inducted to the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.


Ezequiel Olvera, Member, Board of Directors Escuela Popular

Ezequiel Olvera

Ezequiel Olvera

Ezequiel Olvera – Member, Board of Directors

Ezequiel Olvera founded and runs the Gumball Foundation, a social entrepreneurial venture that teaches the values of creativity and entrepreneurship while helping students earn money for college. Using a hands-on approach, Olvera partners the students with local small businesses and corporate offices to manage their micro-venture. He founded the organization in 2009 and it has already garnered prestigious awards including the California Community Foundation’s 2013 Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles Award, the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2012 Social Enterprise of the Year and was nominated for an L.A. Emmy Award in 2013. In 2005, Olvera joined Antonio Villaraigosa¹s mayoral campaign serving on special projects. He also co-managed the campaign office andserved as an aide to the future mayor. Working on the campaign afforded Ezequiel the opportunity to meet labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. Olvera graduated from UCSC in the spring of 2007 with a bachelor of arts in business management and economics and a minor in Latin American Latino studies. Mr. Olvera is also a lifetime member of the UCSC alumni association and part of UC Santa Cruz 50th Anniversary Leadership Committee, UC Santa Cruz Social Science Board and was the Keynote Speaker for the Multi Cultural Career Conference and Scholarship Benefit Dinner.


Rebeca Burciaga, Ph.D. Member, Board of Directors Escuela Popular

Rebeca Burciaga

Rebeca Burciaga

Rebeca Burciaga, Ph.D. – Member, Board of Directors

Rebeca Burciaga is an Associate Professor at San José State University in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education. Dr. Burciaga has worked and conducted research with students, schools, and families for over twenty years, focusing on understanding and challenging educational practices and structures that produce and reproduce racial, ethnic, gender, and class inequalities, specifically with respect to Latina/o communities. She specializes the study of qualitative research methodologies including testimonio and ethnography. Her current research and teaching is focused on cultivating asset-based mindsets in teachers and administrators that work with youth of color.  Dr. Burciaga is a co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California at Los Angeles.  Her research has been supported and recognized by the Spencer Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and the American Association of University Women. Her most recent scholarship can be found in Equity & Excellence in Education, the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, and the Educational Administration Quarterly. Rebeca’s work is strongly influenced by a dual understanding of education – one that recognizes the importance of education (schooling) and educación (values).Educación is a word in Spanish that extends the definition of education beyond schooling to include a way of acting with values such as respect, integrity, and community responsibility. The Mexican proverb, “la educación nace en la cuna” (education begins in the cradle), celebrates and legitimizes the important roles community and culture play in developing una persona educada and a well-educated person. I embrace both understandings of education and educación, thereby honoring what all students bring to educational settings.

Rebeca Burciaga

Rebeca Burciaga


Bernard Gifford, Ph.D – Secretary, Board of Directors

Bernard Gifford

Bernard Gifford

Bernard Gifford, Ph.D – Secretary

Dr. Bernard Gifford is a professor at UC Berkley whose research interests include theories of computer-mediated, collaborative learning; the impact of networking and communications technologies on student learning activities and teacher pedagogical practices; the behavior of organizations during periods of rapid technological change; and the changing political economy of U.S. higher education.

Current research focuses on how standards-based, computer-mediated learning materials can reduce the achievement gap between mainstream students and students who traditionally have not been well served by conventional classrooms. His numerous books include Policy Perspectives on Educational Testing (1993) and Employment Testing: Linking Policy and Practice(with L. Wing, 1993). He is completing his latest book, on bureaucratic, policy, and technological barriers to effective use of technology-mediated instruction in universities.

Dr. Gifford holds a Ph.D in Biophysics from the University of Rochester. He currently heads the Distributed Learning Workshop, a nonprofit educational software collaborative that is developing standards-based, computer-mediated instructional materials in math.

Bernard Gifford

Bernard Gifford


Lori Ramos Ehrlich – Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

Lori Ramos Ehrlich

Lori Ramos Ehrlich

Lori Ramos EhrlichVice-Chair

Lori Ramos Ehrlich currently Vice President/COO of Center for Training & Careers Inc (CTC).  CTC has been providing education and training services to the community since 1977.  Ms. Ramos Ehrlich is active in the local community and serves on many boards including Escuela Popular Accelerated Family Learning Center, San Jose Job Corps Advisory Council, the NCLR California Regional Board, and a member of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.

Lori Ramos Ehrlich

Lori Ramos Ehrlich


Pablo Requerin, Chair, Board of Directors

Pablo Reguerin

Pablo Reguerin

Pablo Guillermo Reguerín, M.A. – Chair, Board of Directors

Pablo Guillermo Reguerín currently serves as the Executive Director for Retention Services and Educational Opportunity Programs at the University of California, Santa Cruz, providing leadership and oversight to a cluster of student services offices charged with retaining and graduating students with a focus on educational equity.

Since September 2009, Mr. Reguerín has led to integrate student services to develop student care teams, increased case-management of vulnerable student populations and data-driven intervention programs. These efforts have resulted in Individual Success Plans for cohorts of EOP students, intensive advising services for immigrant and undocumented/AB540 students, a newly launched Textbook Lending Library for students facing financial hardship and a Laptop pilot program for students that arrive to campus without a laptop or computer. In collaboration with faculty partners and the Office of Institutional Research, Pablo has launched an evidence-based evaluation process of the retention services units through the use of logic models to further deepen the utilization of research based practices and continuous improvement.

Mr. Reguerín has worked at UCSC for over 15 years, previously serving as the Deputy Director of the Educational Partnership Center and as a Senior Admissions Counselor with the Office of Admissions. Mr. Reguerín received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Cruz in Latino and Latin American Studies and his Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Educational Leadership and Administration.

Mr. Reguerín serves on the board of directors for the Escuela Popular Family Learning Center Charter School in San José and as the Co-Chair of the UC Santa Cruz Latino Alumni Network.

Pablo Reguerin

Pablo Reguerin


Escuela Popular Founder Lidea Reguerin

Lidia Reguerin

Lidia Reguerin

Founder of Escuela Popular

Lidia Reguerin

Founder of Escuela Popular

Lidia Reguerin was the beloved and admired educator and champion of love and service to others. The crowning achievement, (logro mayor) of the life of this amazing woman—Lidia Reguerin, is the founding of Escuela Popular, which continues to grow and evolve. Today, it can proudly boast about being the only school in the nation that provides access to a high quality education for infants, children, adolescents and adults. Lidia held a Masters in Education from Stanford University, and was an educator for 56 years. Her legacy will live on through the generations she has mentored and empowered through her lifelong work to transform lives through education. Lidia believed in her students and taught them that no goal was impossible for them to reach. Proof of her success is that many of them are now educators themselves. She always celebrated learning, the diverse Latino culture and her community. Lidia wanted to make sure that the Latino voice was not drowned out, but that their concerns would be addressed. The hope and inspiration she left in us, will continue to keep her example of living in this world.

Patricia Remembering her Mother, Lidia Reguerin: Act with Love

Born in a rural town in Bolivia, Lidia prided herself in her indigenous roots and native Quechuan tongue, and this pride was revealed through the sincerity in the eyes, as well as through her warm and deeply meaningful words.
Lidia was passionate about her family who supported her vision and mission to act with love. Jorge, her husband of 59 years, and her children, Jorge, Roger, Patricia and Pablo and her five grandchildren will continue their lives carrying a piece of Lidia’s legacy of love and hope inside their hearts.
Her beloved students knew Lidia as Maestra Lidia. They describe her as a woman of great heart because besides teaching with inexhaustible patience, she was known to support them as they solved some of their personal problems. She would buy books for them, and was also known to give them money out of her own pocket for transportation. Most importantly, she provided shelter for students who would otherwise have been homeless. A testament to the high regard in which Lidia was held is evidenced by the fact that on the afternoon of before her passing, nearly 200 of her students gathered at her home, while her family surround her bed to pay their last respects, and to uplift her in prayer and song.

We were privileged and blessed to have known this extraordinary woman who chose to live her life fearlessly, with a great sense of faith and who always acted with a deep sense of love.

(Compliments of The San Jose Mercury News)