Loretta was born and raised in Santa Fe where she now resides with her husband and three children. She is a graduate of St. Michael’s High School, Santa Fe Community College (Associate of Arts in Teacher Education) and New Mexico Highlands University (Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-Cum Laude). She has been teaching within the Santa Fe Public School District for eleven years, eight of which have been as a Kindergarten Dual Language teacher. When she first began her career, she was fairly monolingual with limited bilingual education knowledge. With the help of her students, their families, and various colleagues, she is now a testament to the power of immersion. After three years of teaching, she was able to pass “La Prueba”, the state’s assessment to receive a bilingual endorsement. She also received her endorsement in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the same time. Her passion for Dual Language Education has grown exponentially since then. She has served on various committees for her schools and district, including: SFPS Strategic Planning Committee for Bilingual Education, Dual Language Goals Team, Advisory Committee and Leadership Team. She has served on Dual Language Education of New Mexico’s Board of Directors since August of 2012, and since May 2015 has served as Co-Chair. She looks forward to continuing to advocate for Dual Language Education and her students as she pursues her Master’s Degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Educational Leadership.