Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents LA LUZ DE LIDERAZO - A MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT January 2023
Welcome to the CO ALAS Membership Spotlight. Each month we introduce you to one of our many CO-ALAS members. Let’s see what they are doing and what’s on their mind! This month we are featuring Regina Quintana, Instructional Coach in the Department of Culturally and Diverse Education for Mesa County Valley School District 51 in Grand Junction, CO. Regina shares her professional career and current bio below. You can read the diverse experiences that have led to her various leadership roles. One of our shining stars!
Career Highlights & EducationRegina Quintana is an instructional coach for the Department of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education in Mesa County Valley School District 51 where she supports K-12 CLDE teachers across 47 schools. She is an experienced educator with over 25 years teaching diverse learners in Mesa County and other areas around the world. Regina received her BA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Science and Early Childhood Education and her MA in English as a Second Language from Adams State University. Apart from teaching, Regina has worked alongside with the Migrant Education program tutoring migrant students, teaching migrant parents, and was a Colorado Binational Teacher Candidate in Mexico both as a host and guest teacher. She supports all families in our community through home visits, volunteering for community events and ensuring communication for Spanish speaking families. Regina also served as a guest lecturer for three years at Xi’an Jiaotong University’s School of Foreign Studies in Xi’an, China. In 2021-2022, she gained incredible leadership expertise when she participated in the 4 Corners Latinx Leadership Academy. Regina also volunteers with the Grand Valley Resettlement Program supporting families moving into our community.
What is exciting about my job? Regina works in an office filled with some amazing ladies who are always having fun as they support the ever changing daily needs of our diverse families. There is plenty of laughter and never a dull moment. Every day is exciting and different. The best part is providing the best support she can for teachers, students and families in MCVSD51.
Words from a consejero/a. “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” - Paulo Coelho Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader: Some advice Regina would give to a new superintendent or school leader is to
build relationships (invest in your team)
always ask questions and be a good listener
be transparent, open and honest
Also, don’t forget to make some friends who are in CO-ALAS because they will help you along the way.
If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . . Outside the office you might find Regina con familia, exploring the world, at a quinceañera or birthday party for students, supporting a family in our community, or relajando. How does CO-ALAS add value? As a CO-ALAS delegate for Mesa County Valley School District 51 and a graduate of the 4 Corners Latinx Leadership Academy, CO-ALAS has added value to Regina’s life by providing her with incredible learning opportunities, endless networking connections, inspiration, and best of all a big familia who supports her.