Theresa Montaño
Chicana/o Studies

Theresa Montaño an associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at Cal State University Northridge. As a professor at Cal State Northridge, she teaches courses to teacher candidates in the area of Equity and Diversity in School, Chicano/a Childhood and Adolescence, and research in Chicano/a education.

An active unionist, Montaño joined the staff of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), where she worked as an area representative and professional development specialist for nine years.

Before accepting a position at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Theresa was faculty advisor and instructor in UCLA’s Teacher Education Program. From 2000-2002, she served as co-director of UCLA’s TeachLA program, a union-district-university collaborative in Los Angeles. Theresa’s research is in the schooling of Chicano/a-Latino/a students; Critical pedagogy; teacher activism; and Bilingual/ELL instruction.

Montaño is the newly elected voice of higher education on the CTA Board of Directors. Montaño is familiar with that role having previously served for six years as an NEA board director. Her many years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in Los Angeles and Denver, Colo., gives her a special understanding of issues facing educators in California’s public schools.

Theresa also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Faculty Association (CFA), serving as one of two representatives for the Council for Affirmative Action. She is active in the Latino/a and Teacher Education Caucus. Until her election to the CTA Board, Montaño was also chair of the CFA caucus at CTA state council caucus and chapter president of CSUN CFA chapter.


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