Lydia attended Pepperdine University for her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and California State University, Dominguez Hills for her Masters in Multicultural Bilingual Education and School Administration. She holds three credentials in Multiple Subjects K-12, Bilingual Education and School Administration. She is a master teacher for UCLA’s Math Project Center X, a Fellow from Cal State Long Beach in the Writing Project, and a lecturer for the Los Angeles County Teachers Mathematics Association.
Lydia’s lifelong commitment to the welfare of others began in earnest at the age of twelve years old when she began teaching a Sunday School class for elementary children. As she grew up, Lydia put a priority on caring for others by visiting the elderly, helping neighbors with chores, and reaching out to teens to give them hope for the future. As a professional, Lydia dedicated two years to teaching in the country of Colombia, then devoted seven additional years during U.S. school breaks to giving humanitarian aid to the street children of Colombia and working with local orphanages. She also did humanitarian work in the Philippines.
Lydia’s professional career began as a teacher, but after her father’s death, she left the field to earn more money to help her family. Lydia worked in the aerospace field as an administrator for the F/A 18 Radar, then later as an acting supervisor in Cost Estimating overseeing contracts, scheduling, and budget costs. She then left the field to return to what she cared about most, the joy and love of teaching children.
In addition to her other positions, Lydia served seven years as an elected official as a board member for the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council that oversees the Coast of San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles. She served on the Education Committee and Chaired the Budget & Finance, Cultural Committees for Coastal San Pedro.
Lydia is currently teaching for the Long Beach Unified School District as a second-grade teacher. She has taught 19 years for LBUSD.
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