3rd Grade Lead Teacher
Monica Gonzalez started her career teaching Fifth Grade in a Dual Immersion program in Los Angeles, California, where she is from originally. After teaching in an inner-city public school for a few years, she decided to take a leap of faith and explore the world through international teaching. She taught abroad for ten years at American Schools in Barcelona, Spain, and in Brasilia, Brazil, working with students from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade as a classroom teacher as well as a reading specialist. These international school experiences allowed her to work with students and teachers from every corner of the world, thus giving her a deeper understanding and appreciation of a variety of cultures. She is excited to work in a school that values a diverse community and that fosters respectful and responsible citizenship.
Monica considers herself a lifelong learner and seizes any opportunity to improve her craft as a teacher. She earned a Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Literacy from Loyola Marymount University, and another Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Framingham State College. Additionally, she has attended Columbia Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Summer Institutes. Combined, these professional learning opportunities have helped her hone her practice of teaching Language Arts through a workshop model to a wide range of learners. She looks forward to inspiring and supporting a love of reading and writing within all students.
Outside of the classroom, she is passionate about running, reading, traveling, going to the beach and dining out with family and friends. She is fluent in Spanish and can speak some Portuguese.