ASCD Faculty Bio
Montalvo-Balbed was a classroom teacher of Spanish and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Her 33 years of experience in education include teaching abroad and various administrative positions in Fairfax County, Va., and Fulton County, Ga. 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 eduction at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where she focused her research on empowering schooling practices for English learners.