Central Union High School District
El Centro, CA
Haydee Rodriguez is a bilingual/bicultural National Board Certified Teacher in Social Studies who received her bachelor’s (with distinction) in History from San Diego State University and earned a master’s in education in 2002 from Stanford University. While a graduate student at Stanford, Rodriguez participated in the founding of East Palo Alto High School, a student-centered/teacher-led school. Additionally she has been with the Central Union High School District since 2005; during this time Rodriguez has advised the Interact Club and as coach has taken the ACADEC and Mock Trial teams to victory at the county-level and on to state competitions. Rodriguez has taught AP Spanish Literature and Language, Humanities, US History and is currently teaching US Government and Theatre at Southwest High School in El Centro, CA.
Rodriguez has received various awards and fellowships, among them the merit-based Governor’s Teaching Fellowship in 2001, NCSS Student Teacher of the Year, in 2008 she was named ACSA Imperial County Teacher of the Year and was selected by Rotary International to represent Southern California in a group study exchange in Ghana and Togo. In 2009, she served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Social Studies-History Standards Committee and is currently serving on the NBPTS Board of Directors. In 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Rodriguez to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Rodriguez has demonstrated her commitment to equity, access and social justice by serving on various boards such at the AAUW-Imperial County, Orphanaid Africa, Literacy Volunteers of America, and ICAC.
Rodriguez was born in Mexico and was raised in a rural border town in Southern California where she currently resides.