Gloria Rodriguez

Library Board of Trustees

I received my teaching credential at UC Santa Barbara where I began teaching in the Santa Barbara and Goleta Union School Districts. In 1981 our family moved to Woodland where we were fortunate to raise our children. Now we are enjoying seeing our eight grandchildren grow up here. During the past 30 years I was a classroom teacher, resource teacher, and administrator in the Woodland Joint Unified School District. I helped coordinate various classroom and family educational programs that focused on the English Language Learner population, primarily Latino families. I taught at Beamer and Grafton Elementary Schools, and then at Lee and Douglas Junior High Schools as a resource teacher in the Dual Language Immersion and English Language Development Programs. After receiving my Administrative Services Credential and Child Development Director Permit, I became the WJUSD Child Development Program Coordinator for the State Preschool Program, the Teen Parenting Program and the Infant Childcare Program.

Throughout my teaching career, I have partnered with various organizations and programs to help expand the resources and activities for our students and families. In addition to the District's Woodland Adult Education Program and the English Language Development Program, some of the community organizations that supported our programs include First 5 Yolo, Yolo County Office of Education, and the Yolo County Health Department's health and nutrition workshops. I also worked very closely with Migrant Education, Woodland Public Library Literacy Services, and California State University, Sacramento. I helped develop various family literacy programs in the District such as the Even Start Family Literacy Program, Raising a Reader and the CSUS Optimal Learning (OLE) Project.

I am a committee member for the Dia de los Ninos annual event in Woodland, which for the past ten years we've coordinated with multiple community organizations to provide books for children and promote family cultural and literacy activities. I have also been a committee member of the Woodland Literacy Council.

I believe in collaborating with our community organizations in continuing to develop a library program that provides better access for all, bridges the digital divide, and helps in the collection of resources and programs that meet the needs of our diverse community. I look forward to working as a member of the Woodland Public Library's Board of Trustees. 

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