Originally from San Juan Puerto Rico, Lucilla Dávila was raised bilingual in English & Spanish. She moved to Minnesota 25 years ago and has made Woodbury her home for the past nineteen years. Her two children currently attend Woodbury Public Schools.
With nearly 3 decades in the field of education, she has been a pioneer when it comes to creating, developing, and designing educational programs that address language acquisition, immersion/bilingual students, and all students’ academic needs and cultural-linguistic approach.
Lucilla holds her K-12 Superintendent Licensure from the Minnesota State University, Mankato, K-12 Principal Licensure from Saint Mary’s University, Twin Cities Campus and a Master of Education in Second Languages and Cultures & Spanish & ELL (K-12), from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a Bachelors of Arts & Education from the University of Minnesota, College of Education.
Gloria Alarcon-Bustamante is originally from Santiago-Chile. She moved to Minnesota more than 20 years ago, raising her family in Woodbury and calling it home. Once settled in Minnesota, she pursued a degree in Early Childhood Development, through which she was able to share her passion for Spanish language and culture running an immersion program in the private sector.
With more than 15 years working in early education, Gloria has earned a degree and licensure as a Spanish Interpreter and Translator, supporting and collaborating with the Latino community.
As the School Director (Directora Gloria) of Alma Flor Ada Spanish Immersion Early Learning Academy Gloria will lead a distinguished team of teachers and will ensure that all aspects of the academy run smoothly and that the students are immersed in a safe learning environment.
Director of Culture, Language & Curriculum
Tamara has more than 40 years of experience in immersion education, beginning her career in Puerto Rico where she taught for over 2 decades before moving to Minnesota. She spent 13 years in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Public School Districts and has spent the past 5 years at El Colegio Charter School.
Throughout her career, she has taught all grades from pre-school to high school. She is a current board member of El Colegio serving her fourth year. She has served on the MTLE (Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination) review panel for the past 4 years. As the Director of Culture, Language & Curriculum at Alma Flor Ada, Tamara collaborates & supports an enriched cultural environment for all our learners.