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Bianca Alvarado
Bianca Alvarado

Bianca Alvarado

High Tech High Chula Vista

San Diego, CA USA

"The reason I teach is to spark an interest in students, and to help them realize that they have the tools and resources within themselves to create or design the change that they want to see."

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Day In The Life

Spanish Teacher / EdTech Consultant

I teach tenth-grade Spanish.

My Day to Day

I start the day with prayer and meditation. The morning starts around 6 a.m. with at least an hour devoted to consulting projects before starting at High Tech High. Then I design and review my curriculum for that day. I implement online Spanish classes with my students using TPRS. I also attend school meetings. My school day ends at 4:30 p.m. and I start my consulting business hours. This time can vary from meetings about curriculum design, check-ins with designs, and research.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    International Security and Conflict Resolution

    San Diego State University

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Spanish Language and Literature

    San Diego State University

  • Certification

    Single Subject Teaching Credential, Spanish Language Teacher Education

    San Diego Christian College

  • Graduate Degree

    Social Innovation

    Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I grew up on the San Diego–Tijuana border.

  • 2.

    We’d go back and forth across the border constantly—seeing two drastically different worlds planted the seed of innovation in me, because I understood that there was no one "right" way to do things.

  • 3.

    I was the first in my family to graduate from college, earning my bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) from San Diego State University.

  • 4.

    After graduating, I struggled with anxiety and depression because I had no idea how to apply for jobs—I had no guidance because my family had never gone through that experience.

  • 5.

    After a year of struggling, I started substitute teaching in Chula Vista, California—this was a turning point for me because I got to work with students with similar backgrounds to my own.

  • 6.

    After teaching for a few years, I went back to school and earned my master’s degree in social innovation.

  • 7.

    I took a break from teaching to co-found La Casa Azul Productions, a project focused on helping disadvantaged Hispanic youth receive training for careers within digital media content creation.

  • 8.

    Now I’m back in the classroom teaching high school Spanish.