Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
Mountain View, CA
Bio/Overview: Gutierrez serves as the Lead Social Studies Teacher at Alta Vista High School in Mountain View, CA. Alta Vista High School (AVHS) serves students whose needs have not been met by the traditional school setting by offering complete wrap-around services as well as a more intimate and focused class and school structure. As the first in his family to attend college, Gutierrez understands the impact that education can have on our nation’s children. Gutierrez states, “Education changed the trajectory of my life. In turn, I have made it my life’s goal to provide a quality education to children, especially to those from neighborhoods similar to my own.”
Educational Values/Philosophy: Gutierrez seeks to redefine his students’ perception of education, by providing them with a curriculum that is standards aligned, thought provoking, meaningful and relevant. Although he has helped his students make substantial and sustained growth on the California Standardized Test, Gutierrez believes that education is more than just test-based instruction and performance. Instead, Gutierrez strives to develop his students’ critical thinking skills so that they will become active members of the thinking economy of the 21st century. As a lover of history, Gutierrez appreciates the importance of content, but also understands the value of delivering this content in a way which allows students to create and problem solve. In Gutierrez’s class, students do not simply listen, but do.
Achievements: At California State University Fresno, Gutierrez graduated Summa Cum Laude and was selected as the sole Dean’s Medalist for the College of Social Sciences. Soon after, Gutierrez was named a National Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar and was awarded a full scholarship to Stanford University. In recognition of his many professional accomplishments, Gutierrez was selected as the 2009 Region IV (Bay Area) Teacher of the Year by the California Continuation Education Association. In addition, a number of Gutierrez’s lessons have been featured in the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA) state newsletter and in the Alternative Education Principal’s Institute Handbook. In 2011, Gutierrez was awarded a 2011 Fulbright Study Fellowship to China, where he had the opportunity to meet with high level government officials, business leaders, scholars and citizens in over eight cities across China.
Leadership Experience: As a Hope Street Group Teacher Fellow, Gutierrez works with other educators and policy makers, to bring teachers’ voices and perspectives to the education policy development process. Gutierrez has helped develop the Teacher Evaluation Playbook, which serves as a comprehensive tool for LEAs interested in pursuing teacher evaluation reform. Gutierrez currently serves as a Model School Evaluator for the California Department of Education as well as Lead Social Studies Teacher at AVHS. Gutierrez has been a Mentor Teacher for teaching candidates enrolled in the Stanford Teacher Education Program and has served on multiple teaching panels for the Stanford School of Education. Additionally, Gutierrez has been a Featured Education Commentator on 1590 KLIV, a local CNN radio affiliate in the Silicon Valley and has represented teacher voice in a number of education forums including NBC’s Education Nation.
Affiliations: Hope Street Group, MVLA District Teacher Association, Stanford School of Education, California Teachers’ Association, California Continuation Education Association, Gates Foundation.
Education: Gutierrez received his Bachelor’s degree in history, Summa Cum Laude from California State University Fresno, along with a certificate in nonprofit leadership and management. He went to Stanford University and received his Master of the Arts in Education, and earned a professional preliminary teaching credential in Social Studies with English Learner Authorization.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Teacher Evaluation
- Teacher Career Pathways
- College Agenda
- Cradle to Career Services
- Teacher Recruitment and Retention