ASCD Faculty Bio
Montalvo-Balbed has 33 years of experience in education, including teaching abroad, various administrative positions in Fairfax County, Va., and Fulton County, Ga., and as a classroom teacher of Spanish and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She has held positions as director of language, minority achievement specialist, and assistant principal at several middle schools in Fairfax County and Fulton County. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency staff, Montalvo-Balbed served as ESOL coordinator for Fulton County.
Montalvo-Balbed has developed and taught numerous professional development classes in the areas of diversity, cultural literacy development, and authentic engagement of English learners. She has also led several educator groups on a language and culture experience to the Dominican Republic.
Montalvo-Balbed has completed her doctorate in inclusive education at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where she focused her research on empowering schooling practices for English learners. Montalvo-Balbed is a member of ASCD's Fisher and Frey Cadre.