Olivia Santillan started her teaching career in 1997 in Fremont, California. She worked as a History Social Studies teacher at the same site until 2014 and taught College Prep, Honors, Advanced Placement, and multiple electives including Ethnic Studies and Big History. She was part of a Teaching American History Grant community of practice from 2006-2012, developing original curriculum and participating in Lesson Study. She worked as a high school assistant principal from 2014-2017 and currently is a county coordinator at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Currently, her work focuses on supporting teachers and administrators to plan and implement professional development on the framework, cross-curricular literacy, and an intentional instructional focus on English Learners.
The California Council of the Social Studies creates and maintains a community of educators and educational leaders who are focused on supporting on-going professional growth in order to provide students with a History Social Studies education that reflects the most effective and current practices. As a regional member and representative, I plan on growing this community, partnering with neighboring counties, as well as with the UC Berkeley California History Social Studies Project and San Jose State’s History Department to provide quality opportunities for professional growth and community building. As a county coordinator, I am in the position to communicate and work with educators and leaders at all grade levels, county and state level educational and community based organizations, as well as civic institutions to support educational systems and opportunities for all students.