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Ms. Mercedes Portillo

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Ms. Mercedes Portillo
 
 
 
!Hola! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mercedes Portillo and I have been in education for the past 30 years. My first years in education, I worked as a bilingual instructional assistant for 11 years, and as a special education instructional assistant for 11 years in Paramount Unified School District and in Corona Norco Unified School District. I worked three years as an intervention specialist in both Spanish dual language immersion program and in regular education in grades K-5th in Corona Norco Unified School District. I also worked as a dual language immersion third grade teacher in Pasadena Unified School District. This will be my fourth year here at Mountain View Elementary. I taught 4/5 grades in 2013-2014, and this will be my third year as a first grade DLI teacher.

I was brought up with a valuable Spanish saying “la persona que habla dos idiomas vale por dos.” The person that speaks two languages counts for two people. This saying stayed with me throughout my life, which has given a passion and appreciation for bilingualism and biculturalism. I want to share this passion with your children and be an inspiration that anything is possible if we set our minds to it!

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