|Bio:||After receiving an undergraduate degree at Stanford University in Political Science with a minor in mechanical engineering, Rodrigo became a math teacher at Berkeley High School in California. He worked primarily with English Language Learners, adapting school curriculum and assessments. With the support of UC-Berkeley's Diversity Project, Rodrigo designed and implemented professional development workshops to assist teachers with making their instruction more appropriate for new-immigrants. After three years at Berkeley High, Rodrigo became the director of an educational non-profit, running after-school programs for underserved youth in Marin County Public Schools. Following three years of reorganizing, managing, and expanding the non-profit, Rodrigo decided to travel around the world. His two years abroad allowed him to work and volunteer in several underdeveloped countries. Rodrigo's journeys culminated with three months of tsunami relief in southern India where he lived and worked as a builder and teacher in an isolated fishing village. Upon returning to the United States, Rodrigo moved to Boston to study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and earned a Masters degree in school leadership with a focus on teacher leadership. He then returned to graduate school to pursue a doctorate in mathematics education for Latino youth as a CEMELA fellow, first at UC-Santa Cruz, and currently at the University of Arizona. |
His research focuses on a middle school bilingual math club and the preparation of teachers to teach math for social justice.