About Me

Empowering Students

Educators have the opportunity to empower students to overcome all barriers. I am a Latina educator dedicated to improving our educational system to meet the needs of children living in poverty who are English language learners. I believe that all students can reach their dreams through hard work and the encouragement of  their teachers. 
The intent of this blog is to provide a way to connect with educators who work with these unique populations.  I hope to provide insight and practical solutions to everyday classroom problems.  

My Biography

Familia Escandon
Cancun 2015
I am a mother of four children and I have been married for over 22 years. I love to travel with my family, hike, and dance. I am an educational leader with experience as a teacher, educational curriculum consultant, intervention specialist, and instructional technology support coach. 

I specialize in working with English language learners in high poverty areas. From 2011 -2017, I worked as first grade teacher at Biola Pershing Elementary in Biola Ca. Biola Pershing Elementary is located in a small rural farming community with over 90 percent English learners and 90 percent of the student population receiving free and reduced lunch. In 2014  I transformed myself from a tech illiterate to a digital native by enrolling in a masters Educational Technology program. In 2016 I received a MS in Educational Technology Cum Laude. 

Professional Credentials:

2022    CA Preliminary Administrative Credential, In progress, CPACE Examination
2016     Fresno Pacific University, Master of Arts in Educational Technology
2003    National University, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential/CLAD
1996     California State University Fresno, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Professional Career:

1996 -  1998         Elementary School Teacher - Parlier Unified School District
1998 – 2006        Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher, Huron Elementary, Coalinga Huron
                               Unified School District
2007 – 2012        Educational Curriculum Sales Consultant, Pearson Education
2012 – 2018        First Grade Teacher, Biola Pershing Elementary, Central Unified School
2014 - 2015          Cyber High Consultant/Trainer - Fresno County Office of Education
2018 - 2019          Intervention Teacher - Central Unified School District 
2018 - 2020         Reading Intervention Teacher, Biola Pershing Elementary, Central Unified
                                School District
2020 - Current    Instructional Technology Support Coach, Central Unified School District       

Professional Associations

2013 - 2015  School Site Council Member
2012 - 2016  Member of Fresno State Alumni Association
2014 - 2015  Member of CUE Association
2014 - 2015  Member of ISTE

Professional Recognitions and Awards

CSBA Golden Bell Central, Unified School District, Co-author, 2022
California Community Schools Grant Central Unified, California Department of
Education, Co-Author and Recipient, 2022
California Pivotal Practice District Award, Central Unified School District,
Coauthor and Recipient, 2022
ESSER III Grant Central Unified, California Department of Education, Co-Author
and Recipient, 2022
Central Unified Momentum Professional Learning Platform, Designer and
Administrator, 2022
Central Unified Induction Teacher Website, Designer and Administrator, 2022
Bilingual Parent Technology Trainings, Designer and Presenter, 2021-22
Central Unified Induction Program, Mentor, 2021-22
LCAP Community Surveys, Designer, 2021
CUSD Preschool Parent Informational Videos, Designer 2021-22
Fountas and Pinnell Online Training Modules, Designer and Author, 2021-22
Mentor Teacher of the Year, Central Unified School District, Recipient, 2021
New Teacher Institute, Central Unified School District, Presenter, 2021
50 Professional Development Google Classrooms for 800 staff, Central Unified,
Designer and Administrator, 2021
Online Distance Learning and Hybrid Professional Development Modules for
Central Unified School District, Designer, Author, and Presenter, 2020
Teacher Online Resource Website, Parent/Guardian Online Resource Website,
Spanish Parent/Guardian Online Resource Website, Designer and Author, 2020
Teacher of the Year, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Central Valley Chapter, Recipient,
Educator of the Week, KSEE 24, Recipient, 2017
Biola Parent Teacher Association, Treasurer, 2017-2018
ELAC Member, Biola Elementary, 2012-2017


Google Certified Educator Level 1 & Level 2
Reading Recovery Specialist
Universal Design for Learning Training
Culturally Responsive Teaching Training
Professional Learning Communities Training
Kagan Cooperative Learning Training
SDAIE Training
SB 472 English Learner Professional Development
Framework for Understanding Poverty Training
AB 466 Advanced Reading Institute for K-6 Teachers
Reading First Institute for K-3 Teachers

Contact me:

Email: cescandon@centralunified.org

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This is my personnal blog.  The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer, Central Unified School District.  I make no representation as to accurracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be lliable for any errors, omissions, or delarys in this information or nay losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.

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