Meet Our Board Members
My name is Joseph Pearson, but I go by Joey or Profe Pearson. I am a teacher, instructional coach, and curriculum writer who believes that education changes lives when teachers build and leverage relationships that open doors to unimaginable success. Though I am a Spanish teacher, the underlying goal of my instruction is to help students learn how to be creative problem solvers and respectful global citizens. I want to assist students as they find their voices through my student-centered instruction, reminding them that their thoughts and contributions matter. I am honored to work with FLCSD and its members to promote world-language education and 21st century skills in classrooms around San Diego county!
Sarah Rice Fox ("Sally")
Sally Fox is a coordinator in the Learning and Leadership Division, San Diego County Office of Education, with over 25 years’ experience in public education.
For the past eleven years at SDCOE Sally's work has been to plan, create, and facilitate professional learning related to language acquisition-- in ELD, dual language, and world language. As a certified trainer for Project GLAD®, facilitator for Scaffold 4 Success, and collaborator with WRITE (Writing Reform Institute for Teaching Excellence), Sally promotes pedagogical approaches that focus on communicative and cultural competence, literacy, and academic achievement with sensitivity to and respect for the needs of individual students.
Sally earned a BA in French literature from San Diego State University. She has also earned a multiple subjects credential, bilingual certificate of competence, administrative services credential, and an MA degree in bilingual education from California State University, San Marcos. She has served as a board member for the California Association for Bilingual Education and is currently president of her chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and secretary of the Foreign Language Council of San Diego.
Dr. Noha Ireqat
Dr. Noha Ireiqat is a Tier III leader at Southern Area International Languages Network (SAILN), the local branch of the California World Language Project housed at the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC), San Diego State University (SDSU). She is also theProfessional Expert/Coordinator for Arabic Language with San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). Noha has been teaching the Arabic and English languages within the K-14 context for the past 20 years in different schools in the United States and overseas. She has been working with LARC at SDSU for eight years. She developed four Arabic units of instruction that are taught at SDSU for advanced Arabic Language classes. She was also the Director of the After School Arabic Program with LARC at SDSU wherein she supervised the Arabic teaching staff. Noha graduated from Kuwait University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Translation.
Noha earned a Master’s Degree in the Arts of Teaching with an emphasis in education from National University in San Diego, California. She earned her Doctorate’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Alliant International University in San Diego, California. Through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), she has been certified as an Oral Proficiency Tester of Arabic with full certification. Noha Ireiqat has been working on creating an Arabic curriculum for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) for two years now. Moreover, Noha Ireiqat has been teaching Arabic intensive courses during the summer at SDSU for the LARC-house Project GO (Global Officers) summer intensive critical language programs for ROTC students.
Noha Ireiqat has conducted several presentations at the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA) Conference. During this time she was also a part of the National Evaluating System where she participated on the Bilingual Methodology Validity Advisory Panel for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Program as well as the Arabic Subject Matter Advisory Panel at the Item Review Conference for the CSET Program. Noha also presented several workshops at different school districts in San Diego giving the teachers an overview of the Arabic language and Islam in order to communicate with Middle Eastern students in general and Muslim students in particular. Noha Ireiqat is a member of The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA). Noha is also a fellow with the California World Language Project (CWLP). Noha received the 2011 Outstanding Service Award from the Foreign Language Council of San Diego.
Paloma E. Macias
Paloma Macias is a webmaster for the FLCSD to help manage, design and update the site. She is also an artist who loves creating digital artworks, illustration, and creating 3d models/digital sculptures.
Since she was little she loved drawing with a box of crayons or pencils and never stopped the urge in being creative in the art world.
With a strong desire to pursue further in an art career path, she decided to attend San Diego State University where she graduated with a B.A. in Applied Arts and Sciences in Multimedia, learning varies skills in illustration, motion graphics and graphic design.
She then expanded her education at California State University, Chico and received a B.S. in Computer Animation and Game Development, enhancing her skills in 3D modeling, digital sculpting, texturing, concept art and story boarding.