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Jocelyne Bautista-Sanchez

I was born in Portland, Oregon, but I constantly traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico, where my parents were born. We are part of the Mixtec indigenous community and my culture and language deeply influenced my desire to one day be able to help my Spanish-speaking community and give them the same support I received from Portland Public Schools when I was a student. Before becoming a Community Agent, I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Family & Human Services and returned to Portland Public Schools as an educational assistant. I’m excited to use all my knowledge to offer resources to Spanish-speaking families and create strong connections between families, schools and myself.

Nací en Portland, Oregon, pero constantemente viajaba a Oaxaca, México, donde nacieron mis padres. Somos parte de la comunidad indígena Mixteca y mi cultura y lenguajes influenciaron inmensamente mi deseo de algún día poder ayudar a mi comunidad hispanohablante y darles el mismo apoyo que me dio el distrito escolar de Portland cuando yo era estudiante. Antes de convertirme en agente comunitario, obtuve mi licenciatura en Español y Servicios Humanos & Familiares y después regresé al distrito escolar de Portland como asistente educativo. Estoy emocionada por poder usar todo mi conocimiento para proporcionar recursos a las familias hispanohablantes y crear fuertes conexiones entre familias, escuelas y yo.

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Mandy Chen

My name is Mandy. I was born in Taiwan and received my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at the National Taiwan Normal University. I came to the United States in 2014 to pursue my master's degree in Teaching English as Second Language with a Focus on Adults from the University of Colorado in Denver. After my graduation in 2016, I had the opportunity to work in a Chinese Immersion School in Austin, Texas. I moved to Portland, Oregon in 2022 where I work as the Chinese Community Agent for Portland Public School. I am excited to utilize my language skills and I believe my learning and previous work experience have equipped me to become the best community agent to serve all the Chinese/ Mandarin speaking immigrant families in PPS.

 
我叫Mandy, 我的中文名字是陳昱如。 我出生在台湾,我在台灣師範大學获得了幼儿教育学士学位。 我于 2014 年来到美国,在科罗拉多大学丹佛分校攻读以成人为第二语言的英语教学硕士学位。 2016 年 2 月毕业后,我有机会在德克萨斯州奥斯汀的一所中文沉浸式学校工作。 我于 2022 年 6 月搬到俄勒冈州波特兰市。现在我在波特兰公立学校担任中文社区代理。 我很高兴能够利用我的语言技能,我相信我的学习和以前的工作经验能使我成为最好的社区代理人,为 PPS 中所有说中文/普通话的移民家庭提供服务。

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Ngoc (Ruby) Do

My name is Ngoc (Ruby) Do, and I am bilingual in Vietnamese and English. I have been living in the United States since 2013. I completed my Associate Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. I started my job as an ESL Educational Assistant at Portland Public Schools where I am dedicated to helping children acquire essential skills for their success and assisting families in navigating the system. I am excited about supporting the Vietnamese community through an equitable lens and strengthening the bond between families and the school district. I believe in the power of collaboration by sharing experiences because "None of us knows everything, but together we know a lot."
 
Tôi tên là Ngọc (Ruby) Đỗ, tôi có thể nói tiếng Anh và tiếng Việt. Tôi đến Mỹ sinh sống từ năm 2013. Tôi đã tốt nghiệp Cao đẳng chuyên ngành Khoa học máy tính và Cử nhân Quản trị kinh doanh. Tôi bắt đầu công việc của mình với tư cách là Trợ giảng ESL tại Sở học chánh Portland, tôi mong muốn hỗ trợ các em học sinh những kỹ năng cần thiết giúp thành công trong việc học tập và trợ giúp các gia đình định hướng hệ thống giáo dục tại đây. Tôi rất vui vì được làm việc và hỗ trợ cộng đồng Việt Nam thông qua cái nhìn bình đẳng, công bằng, và thúc đẩy mối quan hệ giữa các gia đình và Sở học chánh vững mạnh hơn. Tôi tin tưởng rằng việc cộng tác cùng nhau chia sẻ kinh nghiệm và học hỏi lẫn nhau sẽ tạo nên sức mạnh vì " Không ai trong chúng ta biết tất cả mọi thứ, nhưng cùng với nhau chúng ta sẽ hiểu biết rất nhiều."

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Mirna Ghamrawi

My journey with PPS began in 2015 in the ESL department, supporting newcomer elementary students to adjust to their new world and learn a new language. I later transitioned to the department of Community Engagement as the community agents team manager. My goal is to use the tools available to me in this role to align the community agents' purpose and mission with PPS's vision for the graduate portrait. I have the privilege to lead and support our team of community agents. This is a team of bilingual, bicultural individuals who support and advocate for our underserved immigrant and refugee families and their students as they navigate PPS systems and processes. Away from work, I enjoy being active in the beautiful city of Portland and creating delicious and colorful meals for my family.