This global Pinay educator who has been teaching for the last 30 years has found a new calling. She takes pride in teaching Fil-Am students the native language of their cultural origin at the San Jose Learning Center in San Jose, California.
Maria Bernadette Escalona, a Doctor in Educational Management, believes that no child should be left behind. In 2012, she authored the Tagalog translation of Project GIFT (Gaining Insight Towards Family -Togetherness) Brochure and Project GIFT Survey Instrument both of the Asian American Recovery Services. She did translation of GIFT Filipino Pamphlet on Problem Gambling and an article on Problem Gambling: Betting on your Family- New Times-The Newspaper of Voices United-Silicon Valley Resource on Substance Use and Addiction.
Currently, her professional involvement speaks of her commitment to excellence. She was appointed as Commissioner of the Social Services Commission of the Santa Clara County, California.
At the Santa Clara County, she was a highly recommended member of the Board of Supervisors Management Audit Division of the General Assistance Community Stakeholder Group. She is a Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Nurse Builders Academy (NBA) and also, a Curriculum Designer of MMC Consultancy and Publications.
As consultant, program and curriculum designer, her expertise is highly sought abroad. At the Nurse Builders Academy, she made four curricula which was approved by the Board of Post Secondary Schools while at the MD Star Adult Residential Facility, she did the program design which was licensed by the Community Care Licensing and vendored by the San Andreas Regional Center, Campbell, California. She did program designs for the South Palace Residential Care Facility for the Elderly and the Magis Adult Day Program.
In California, her involvements include as Senior Stakeholder Agenda-Member in Education and Outreach Committee. She is a licensed IHSS-In-Home Support Services provider and Licensed Administrator-Adult Residential Facility. She was granted Shield the Vulnerable Certification and DSP-Direct Support Professional Certification by the Office of Education, Santa Clara County.
PAST PROJECTS IN USA
In 2007, she moved to San Jose, California and joined the Support Linkages Services as Case Manager until 2009. She was awarded for continuous commitment towards better work performance and continuous loyalty to the people served and supported. In 2011, she was instructor at the Sylvan Learning Center and Art Instructor for After School Program at Dragonfly Designs.
In 2011, she was part of the team who worked for a grant funded project on Problem Gambling at the Asian American Recovery Services, a non-profit agency on mental health based in Milpitas, California specializing on prevention, intervention and treatment services.
As Community Engagement Specialist, she served diverse population who have mental health issues borne out of problem gambling, substance and alcohol abuse, prepares presentations for workshops, outreach, conducts forum, support group, discussions and interactions, and establishes connections and network with allied organizations, academe, health and social services providers, local and state officials, participates in resource fairs, translated documents in Tagalog: survey instruments, company brochure, pamphlet for the Filipino Forum, travel to different venues to attend conferences, meetings, and seminars,
At the end of the program grant in December 2012, she was happy in the thought that she was assigned specifically for the Filipino Community.
EDUCATOR FOR DECADES
She was a faculty member of University of the East School of Fine Arts, 1978-1986 and Eulogio Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, 1976-1986. Then, she was named Head of Humanities Department of Santa Isabel College from 1990 to1993. She was Institute Coordinator for Fine Arts Humanities at the Far Eastern University from 1999 to 2003. For 12 years, from 1990 to 2002, she was with the faculty of Centro Escolar University where she likewise has been involved in Research.
She moved to Indonesia in 2004 as Program Director of the Master’s Degree Program and Research Center for Excellence of the London School of Public Relations. In 2005, she was named Vice President for Academics and Executive Dean of the Cambridge School of Communications and Marketing in Jakarta.
Back home in 2006, she served as professor of the La Salle College International School of Fashion and Special Lecturer and Professor in Humanities and Aesthetics at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde.
But while Maria Bernadette, a graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising and holder of a master’s degree in Education major in Instructional Technology, is busy with her professional involvement as an educator, she can’t do away with her love for arts and social services.
As an artist, she is founder and CEO of Global Artists’ Creative Collaboration for Empowerment (GACCE), a nonprofit State registered art organization based in California who believes in the artistic and cultural exchange of ideas and interaction which builds and strengthens a community and brings forth innovation towards social justice in a global context ensuring that “no artists are left behind”. Because of the initiatives of Maria Bernadette, the Global Artists’ Creative Collaboration for Empowerment-GACCE was commended by the State Senate of California for its involvement in Community Building.
Maria Bernadette also founded the Global Society of Artists for Development and Empowerment (GSADE) in New Jersey and have supported the artists in the New York art exhibition last May 2011.
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THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique. While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.