Juanita is currently the Principal of Adelante Charter School of Santa Barbara. She led the transition from the original school/charter, César Estrada Chávez Dual Immersion Charter School to its current school, Adelante. She also re-established the 90/10 TWBI program model. Adelante was granted a School Improvement Grant in 2010-11 and Juanita worked to provide leadership/guidance in the transformation of the schools’ programs. Adelante Charter is sponsored by Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara, California. During her 26 years as a bilingual educator she served in various roles to included Coordinator of EL and title Programs in Temecula Valley Unified School District, where she had also served as the Principal of Alternative Education Program. She brings experience as an Elementary Principal in Escondido Union SD and Pájaro Valley School District in Watsonville, CA. She began her career as an elementary bilingual teacher and a Bilingual Program Specialist in the Pájaro Valley School District.