Sandra Gutiérrez

Director of Language Learner

Originally from Lima, Perú, I moved to the US at the age of fifteen with no English. With the support of my family and the teachers who believe in me, I made it to Wesleyan University where I majored in Latin American Studies. I started my career at the World Bank working in Latin American education projects, but soon decided to become a classroom teacher to have a greater impact in my local community. This led me to pursue a Master of Education at George Washington University. I have been in education for more than 20 years! I have worked as an ESL and Spanish teacher and as an instructional coach in DC and Maryland. I have also led professional development, focused on language instruction, for organizations such as the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS) and the Center for Applied Linguistics. Everywhere, my goal has always been to make sure students learn not only to read critically, speak clearly, and write convincingly, but also to see themselves as leaders and shapers of their own destinies. I hope to bring these experiences and passion to my work as the new Director of Language Learning at DCI. I am very excited to join a school community that is truly committed to IB education and high-levels of language learning for all students. I look forward to contributing and learning a lot at DCI! In my free time, I enjoy doing yoga, dancing, reading, traveling, and spending time with my husband, our two teenagers, and our doggie Mia.