Silvia Llamas-Flores

Nominee for Director

I began my educational career as a high school mathematics teacher at Canoga Park High School where I taught mathematics to primarily English language learners (ELLs).  After teaching high school, I had the opportunity to work with the UCLA Mathematics Project, where I co-developed and implemented professional development programs aimed at increasing teacher content knowledge, specifically designed for teachers of ELLs.  For the past 17 years, I have been actively involved in working with students, teachers, and researchers to increase access to rigorous mathematics for all students, with a focus on ELLs. Currently, I am residential faculty in the mathematics department at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona.
My commitment to social justice and equity stems from my upbringing and personal and professional experiences.  My experiences as a first generation Mexican-American from East Los Angeles inevitably influenced my career path and focus as an educator.  Issues of race, culture, and language have been a strong driving force in my approach to teaching students.  My research focuses on examining the sociopolitical environment, specifically on how language policy impacts ELL students’ access to an equitable and rigorous mathematics education. 

Over my teaching career, I have been fortunate and humbled to work with organizations that strive to create equal educational opportunities for all students, especially for historically underserved students. I first got involved with TODOS by becoming a member of the organization, but in 2013 I took on a leadership role by chairing the logistics committee for the first TODOS 2014 Conference.  I then went on to co-chair the 2016 and 2018 TODOS conferences.  I also served on the Board for Women and Mathematics Education.  I am currently working with my community college to develop a more culturally aware and inclusive campus by bringing issues of equity and social justice to the forefront of our discussions as we seek to become a Hispanic Serving Institution.