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Hispanic Educators Convening

N.C. Annual Hispanic/Latino Professional Educators Summit

Hispanic and Latino educators from across North Carolina are invited to join us for the 2023 North Carolina Annual Hispanic/Latino Educators Summit hosted by NC State’s College of Education and Wake County Public School System. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about pathways into education, hear from Hispanic and Latino educational leaders as they share their journeys in education, and network with others who are committed to raising the visibility and building a community of Hispanic and Latino educators, including teachers, instructional assistants, guidance counselors, administrators, and other educational professionals.

2023 Event Details

N.C. Annual Hispanic/Latino Professor Educators Summit
  • What: N.C. Annual Hispanic/Latino Professional Educators Summit
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 | 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Where: NC State University Club (4200 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27606)
  • Featured Speaker: Catty Moore, Superintendent of Wake County Public School System
  • Other Speakers and Panelists: View all speakers and panelists here.
  • Who: This event is intended to bring together Hispanic and Latino professional educators, including teachers, counselors, instructional assistants, administrators, school librarians, and anyone who works in the field of education.
  • Purpose: To raise the visibility and build a community of Hispanic and Latino professional educators
  • Cost: Free!
  • Etc.: View the complete program and schedule here.
  • Registration info: We’re sorry. We have reached capacity for this event.

Keynote Speaker

Catty Moore, the superintendent of the Wake County Public School System and the Magnet Schools of America’s 2022 National Superintendent of the Year, will be the summit’s keynote speaker.

Catty Moore

The schedule

Greetings from Paola Sztajn, Dean of NC State College of Education

Introduction of Morning Keynote by Mirtha Edwards, ESL Lead Teacher at Beaverdam Elementary School

Morning Keynote: Catty Moore, Superintendent, Wake County Public School System

Johnny Vargas, Spanish Teacher, Apex Friendship High School, Raleigh, NC; Hilda De Leon, Principal, The International School at Gregory K-8th Global Studies Spanish Dual Language Immersion School, Wilmington, NC

 Presenters: Cristina España, Deputy Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Governor’s Office; Dr. Lauren Fox, Director of Policy, Public School Forum of NC; Rocio Anderson, President, Society of Hispanic Professionals; and Dr. Maria Coady, Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Educational Equity, Professor of Multilingual Education, NC State University

Facilitator: Sonia Marquez, Principal, Oak Hill Elementary, Guilford County Schools

Presenter: Dr. Carlos Ramirez, Teaching Assistant Professor, East Carolina University


  • Christian Walter, Principal, Sylvia Mendez Newcomers School, Guilford County Schools
  • Monica Yllanes, Principal, Apex Middle School, Wake County Public School System
  • Omar Jaimes Rodriquez, Student Success Coach, Randolph Community College
  • Mirtha Edwards, ESL Lead Teacher at Beaverdam Elementary School 
  • Dayson Pasion, Science Teacher, STEM Educator and Coordinator, Instructional Technology Facilitator, and Academic Coach, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Facilitator: Diana Urieta, Senior Director, Juntos

Panelists: Current college students

  • Maria Mata-Reyes, Senior in Science Education, Goodnight Scholar
  • Sergio Madera-Garcia, Graduate Student in Higher Education Administration
  • Xiomara Alcantara Ocampo, Sophomore in Social Work
  • Sebastian Rios, Junior in Criminology and Non-profit Studies

Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Director of Family and Community Engagement, Wake County Public School System; Dr. Will Chavis, Assistant Superintendent for Equity Affairs, Wake County Public School System