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Jacquelyn Leon

Leading Education Toward Global Opportunities

Jacquelyn León is an educational thought leader, action advocate, wanderlust, and author. She is the founder of Locally Made, Globally Grown, an education-based consulting company. With nearly 25 years of experience and expertise as an accomplished leader in the field of public health, education, school preparedness, and community engagement.

As a bilingual professional, with a Masters in Public Health from Morgan State University, Jacquelyn has dedicated her career to advance equity and social justice for multilingual and immigrant families. Currently she consults at the federal level for the U.S Department of Education as a master trainer throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

In 2019, Jacquelyn was awarded the NJTESOL-NJBE President’s Award for advancing the “state of teaching and learning in New Jersey by serving as a catalyst for the achievement of others”. Jacquelyn is a native Trentonian (NJ). Jacquelyn volunteers regularly at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and sits on the Trenton City’s Landmarks Commission for Historic Preservation. Annually, in honor of her mother who raised her bilingual, Ms. León presents two parents with the Praxedes León Seal of Biliteracy Parent Award. The award recognizes a parent’s role and value in supporting biliteracy in academic success for their child.

An avid traveler who has visited over 30 countries, Jacquelyn is also a burgeoning author who wrote and published her first book, Yo Soy, I Am, a bilingual Spanish-English cuento about how a child’s name came to be through history, culture, family, and love.

Each presentation can be fully customized to your specific needs, and can be presented as a workshop, keynote, breakout or training.

Speaking Topics

My Superhuman Power:

There are more than 6500 languages spoken around the world. This means speaking another language can exponentially grow connections and cultural affluency. In this part of the presentation, Jacquelyn will show you how to:

● Leverage the power of language and culture
● Increase recruitment and retention of diverse persons
● Grow your school’s cultural affluency

Debunking the Perception of At-Risk:

Shifting your lens can create and open opportunities for students who experience a disparate educational outcome. In this part of the presentation, Ms. Leon will show you how to:

● Shift the lens from at-risk to at-promise
● Shrink the opportunity gap for diverse students
● Create culturally responsive practices for schools

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