Launa Fuller
Mathematics Instructional Supervisor

Launa K. Fuller is a life-long educator who has been employed with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) for the past twenty-six years. She currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a double Masters both in Special Education and Educational Leadership. Her present position as Lead Curriculum Support Specialist with the Division of Academic Support/Educational Transformation Office affords her the opportunity to "give back" to the students of the same community in which she was born and raised.

As a product of the MDCPS system, Mrs. Fuller understands the culture of the community she serves. If asked she would tell you that "Teachers are my heroes" as she has always yearned to be an educator herself. Overcoming many of life’s obstacles Mrs. Fuller persevered until successfully accomplishing this goal.

In addition to being the first in her family to graduate from college, Mrs. Fuller and her entire family is proud of her many accomplishments. As a devoted mother, wife, family member and friend she spends her extra time with her family and closes friends.

Resources:
What is Mathematics?: an elementary approach to ideas and methods
How Children Learn Mathematics, Teaching Implications of Piaget's Research.
Knowing and teaching elementary mathematics
Curriculum and achievement in mathematics: A study of elementary school children in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States.
The historical roots of elementary mathematic


Candida Gil
Mathematics Instructional Supervisor

Candida Gil has been working for Miami Dade County Public Schools for the last seven years. She is a Mathematics Instructional Supervisor for the Division of Academic Support. Before coming to Miami Dade, she taught math and science in Gadsden County and Leon County. Ms. Gil is a true Seminole after living in Tallahassee for 10 years and attending Florida State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She has since continued her education and earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Ms. Gil is a product of the Miami Dade County Public School system. She grew up in North Miami Beach and attended Oak Grove Elementary, John F. Kennedy Middle, and North Miami Beach Senior High. Her family still resides in Miami and enjoys getting together for any and every occasion. She dedicates her time to being a newbie soccer mom for her 10 year old son. The rest of her time is spent with a drill and paint brush constantly renovating her home.

Gloria L. Lopez
Literacy Instructional Supervisor

Gloria L. Lopez has 15 years of experience in education. She began her teaching career as an elementary resource teacher and developed her passion for advocating for the culturally and linguistically diverse population. The school’s large population of English language learners successfully met adequate yearly progress and made learning gains during her tenure at the school. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, a master’s degree in Technology and TESOL, and completion of courses in Educational Leadership from Barry University. Subsequently, she has taught many teachers in the District and undergraduate student teachers at Miami Dade College on how to teach English language learners through the endorsement courses. She started working for the Education Transformation Office (ETO) in 2012 as a Curriculum Support Specialist and set out to close the achievement gap for reading proficiency at low-performing schools. She is currently working as an Instructional Supervisor for the Division of Academic Support (DAS) with the determination to support schools in their endeavor to make student achievement a priority. She devotes her spare time to her family, as well as her business of breeding and training working dogs.

Link/Resource

Graham, S. (2012). Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers. What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from http://www.readingrockets.org/article/teaching-elementary-school-students-be-effective-writers


Dr. Ileana M. Sosa
Science Instructional Supervisor

Ileana Maria Sosa, Ed.D. serves as a science instructional supervisor at Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS). Dr. Sosa received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. In her fifteen year career in elementary education, Dr. Sosa has taught multiple grade levels ranging from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. Additionally, she has worked for Florida International University as an adjunct professor in the School of Education. Prior to working for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Dr. Sosa received a degree in Social Music from the National Piano Guild and taught students ranging from the age of five to eighteen.

As an instructional supervisor, Dr. Sosa ensures the ongoing training and development of elementary science teachers and administrators. Prior to becoming an instructional supervisor, she served as an MDCPS Elementary/K-8 Science Curriculum Support Specialist by providing direct on-site support. As a member of the National Science Teacher Association, Dr. Sosa was selected and attended the Sally Ride Science Academy and Exxon Mobil Teacher Academy. In her current position, Dr. Sosa strives to keep teachers abreast on current developmental trends and research. She has a passion for supporting instructional leaders in providing them with opportunities to share ideas, express viewpoints, and develop professional relationships among their peers.

Patricia Sosa
Literacy Instructional Supervisor

Patricia Sosa has always enjoyed working with elementary school students to develop their love for reading. Patty has worked as an educator for more than 17 years. She began her career as a 5th grade teacher and a few years later became a reading coach. After earning her Reading Specialist degree from the University of Miami, she went on to work at the State level with Reading First Professional Development and later with Differentiated Accountability. Currently, Patty is an Instructional Supervisor for Elementary Literacy with the Division of Academic Support (DAS). Patty has worked with the Education Transformation Office (ETO) since 2010 providing support to elementary school teachers, coaches, and administrators. She has helped schools identify reading needs and problem solve these needs to improve instruction and student achievement. Patty believes that building a culture of literacy across the school is imperative for student success. Her favorite part of working as an Instructional Supervisor is the ability to collaborate with Literacy Leadership Teams across the county. When she is not working on building literacy skills at schools, she enjoys spending time with her family, and developing a love of reading with her two young children.

Links and Resources
DAS Elementary Literacy Site

Allington, R.L. & Gabriel, R.E. (March 2012). Reading: The Core Skill. Every Child, Every Day. Educational Leadership 69(6). Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar12/vol69/num06/Every-Child,-Every-Day.aspx