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Kathleen Vasquez (CA '03)

Literacy and Social Studies Program Manager

Seattle Public Schools
Seattle, WA

At the time of the Award, Kathleen Vasquez was:

Teacher/Department Chair
Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School
San Francisco, CA

Subject(s) taught: English/Language, Basic Skills and Remedial Education

Biographical Information

As instructional services literacy coach for the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, Kathleen Vasquez implements literacy plans for Seattle's public high schools and supports teachers of underperforming adolescent readers and writers with professional development in a variety of instructional methods, including reciprocal teaching, direct instruction, group projects, process writing, and metacognition. Previously, Vasquez was the chair of the English Language Development Program at Philip and Sala Burton Academic High School in San Francisco, where she was instrumental in rebuilding the English curriculum and implementing double-period English classes to improve literature and writing skills for all freshmen and sophomores. Vasquez also served as a mentor teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District and as a master teacher for students from San Francisco State University. She is a member of Washington State's Reading Assessment Leadership Team, the Writing Assessment Leadership Team, and a steering committee designed to create classroom-based assessment reading models.

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Additional Information


1987 San Francisco State University, B.A.