DENapalooza, 2014

DENapalooza, 2014

Board Members

EmpowerED Consulting’s three board members have experience as dual-immersion teachers and enjoy integrating educational technology in the classroom. As practitioners, they have an understanding of the importance of supporting all teachers, especially world language and immersion teachers. Learn more about them!

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Valerie is the founder of EmpowerED Consulting and has been a teacher since 2006. Growing up bilingual, she believes that all students should have the opportunity to learn a second language and is a strong advocate for dual-immersion programs. In 2012, she became the pioneer teacher in the first public French dual-immersion program in Los Angeles County. She presents her research regarding necessary supports for dual-immersion teachers and classroom best practices with educational technology integration at various national conferences, including ATDLE, NABE, and ACTFL. Currently, she works at a middle school in Covina-Valley Unified School District and is writing a book to guide parents and teachers joining the dual-immersion adventure.

Follow Valerie on Twitter (@MlleValSunShine) or visit her website to know more about her.



Monica Bennett Gee is an instructional technology coordinator at OCEAA in Santa Ana, CA. She regularly organizes professional development for her teachers based on the their needs and she also provides technological support for her co-workers. She is a seasoned dual-immersion teacher and has developed Spanish curricula for first, third, and fifth grade for Glendale USD. Monica has presented at multiple edtech and dual-immersion conferences, providing her classroom experience to others teachers.

Follow Monica on Twitter (@ProfeBennett).


Jacqueline Olson, M.A.T.

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