Ronald A. Reese
Ronald A. Reese graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Hispanic Civilization and Spanish. While at UCSB, he organized and implemented a Living-Learning Experience program within the Residence Halls and taught Spanish Language in that program. Mr. Reese also spent one year as an exchange student at the Universidad de Madrid, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (College of Philosophy and Letters at the University of Madrid) in Madrid, Spain.
After graduating, Mr. Reese did his California State Credential work at the UNAM (the National Autonomous University of Mexico) and his student teaching at the Corregidora de Querétaro school in Mexico City, Mexico.
Mr. Reese then returned to Spain for two years as the Assistant Director of the University of California Education Abroad Program in Barcelona, Spain. He spent an additional five and a half years teaching English as a Second Language at the American School, the INAS (The Institute of North American Studies operated in collaboration with the U.S. and Spanish governments) and at the University of Salamanca.
Upon his return to the United States, Mr. Reese taught English Language Development and SDAIE History to Latino, Cambodian and Hmong students at Hoover Middle School and Jordan High School in the Long Beach Unified School District. During this period, Mr. Reese also became actively involved with the Cambodian Community through support of a Cambodian Classical Dance Group and other community efforts.
Since leaving the classroom, Mr. Reese has continued to work for improvement in language and academic achievement for English Learners through the development of instructional programs supported by the ESL/Bilingual/PALMS Office in the LBUSD, the Center for Language Minority Education and Research [CLMER] at California State University, Long Beach and the Program Improvement Branch of the Los Angeles County Office of Education [LACOE].
In collaboration with his wife, Dr. Leslie Reese, Mr. Reese has worked for the last 12 years in the development, in-service training of teachers and staff and evaluation of an innovative Two-Way Spanish/English Immersion School, the Academia César Chávez in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Mr. and Mrs. Reese have served as Co-Presidents of the Hispanic History Committee at Rancho Los Cerritos, a local living-history museum in Long Beach, California. The HHC supports the incorporation of local languages and cultures (especially Spanish/Mexican and Cambodian/Khmer) into the interpretation of local history.
The Reese's have also been actively involved with a bi-national education and relief program for families in Ensenada, Mexico organized through local Presbyterian churches.
More recently, Mr. Reese has twice visited Cambodia with his family through the International Study Program at California State University, Long Beach. The Reese family has visited the villages and families of many of the children supported by Hearts Without Boundaries. Locally, Mr. Reese is actively involved in regular fund-raising activities to help further the efforts of Hearts Without Boundaries.
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