Libia Gil appointed to Senior Staff at Department of Education
President Obama has named Libia Gil assistant deputy secretary and director of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) . She advises Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on all matters related to the education of English learners and oversees Title III programs of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Gil began her career as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and later was a bilingual resource specialist in the ABC Unified School District in California. In that same district, she served as a bilingual-ESL coordinator, as a desegregation officer designing bilingual (Spanish, Korean and Chinese) magnet programs for voluntary desegregation efforts and finally as an elementary school principal implementing a Portuguese bilingual maintenance program. Later she became superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District in California and institutionalized dual language programs in Spanish.
For more information about Dr. Gil, read her biography.
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