By Lesli A. Maxwell on September 13, 2013 11:40 AM
Gil has a rich background in working with English-language learners and designing bilingual and dual-language programs. According to a profile of her that appeared in the January 1997 issue of School Administrator, Gil is the daughter of a Chinese mother and Costa Rican father.
She was a teacher in the Los Angeles district, and moved onto the nearby ABC school district to be a bilingual educator, and later, the coordinator of bilingual and English-as-a-second-language programs. She helped create Spanish, Korean, and Chinese magnet programs in that district, as well as a Portuguese dual-language program. She served in the Seattle school system as the head of bilingual education and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Later, she became the superintendent of the Chula Vista elementary school district in San Diego County, right on the Mexican border.
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