As part of the 2020 elections, we are proud to announce the first-time wins by two talented women who can bring strong contributions to Miami-Dade's school board, and increase opportunity for the future of Miami-Dade's students. Lucia Baez-Geller for District 3 and Luisa Santos for District 9.
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For over 15 years, Lucia Baez-Geller has dedicated her life to the public education system. She is a first generation Colombian-Cuban American, and her parents instilled in her the importance of education. She was awarded the title of 2013 Political Advocate of the Year by the National Education Association. Lucia has worked with United Teachers of Dade, Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, Educational Excellence School Advisory Council, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, Media Ambassador for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and served as the Education Chair with the League of Women Voters. She recognizes the importance of shaping education policy in Miami-Dade to increase opportunity for our future.
Luisa Santos moved to Miami from Bogota, Colombia when she was eight and thanks to Miami-Dade County Public Schools, was speaking fluent English by nine. During her junior year at Coral Reef Sr. High, Luisa discovered she was undocumented. She persisted — starting her higher education at Miami Dade College and eventually becoming a proud U.S. citizen. Luisa worked in President Obama’s U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC while completing her studies in Political Economy and Education at Georgetown University. She knows teachers and school staff can change lives — she saw it first hand teaching 4th graders and leading a mentoring and advocacy literacy program for historically underserved 3rd graders. Luisa eventually came home to Miami to launch her own business, Lulu’s Ice Cream, through which she has reimagined what students can learn in the workplace.
Please join us in congratulating these wonderful additions to the school board as the term begins in 2021.
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