Conchita Hernández '08 appointed by President Biden to education board

Conchita Hernandez '08Recently, President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint María de la Concepción Hernández Legorreta (”Conchita”) ‘08 among those to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences.

The National Board for Education Sciences consists of 15 voting members appointed by the President, whose duties include serving as the “board of directors” for the Institute of Education Sciences. The board ensures that the priorities of the Institute and the National Education Centers are consistent with the organization’s mission.

On LinkedIn, Hernández Legorreta commented that she was “beyond humbled and honored.” She recounted, “growing up as a little Chicanita in California struggling through school due to disability and being an English Learner, I never could have imagined all the opportunities that have opened up to me. My community has been a constant part of my growth and encouraged me every step of the way. I do the work so others do not have to struggle the way I did. Gracias a todos!”

Hernández Legorreta graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2008 with a BA in International Area Studies, with a concentration in Latin America. She was a member of the Law Club, an officer in the Latin American Student Association, and a coordinator of Latino Cultural Night.

According to the White House statement, María de la Concepción Hernández Legorreta (Conchita) is a disabled Latina immigrant. She grew up in California and now resides in Washington, DC. Hernández Legorreta worked in DC public schools as a teacher of blind students and is now the Maryland Blind and Low Vision Specialist overseeing the education of blind and low vision students through the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland School for the Blind. Her focus is on inclusion and high expectations. Hernández Legorreta conducts research in areas of education focusing on blind English Learners and students from underrepresented communities.

Hernández Legorreta received her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California and her master’s degree from Louisiana Tech University. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at George Washington University. Hernández Legorreta founded a non-profit organization, METAS, which works with Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and internationally in areas of education and policy. Hernández Legorreta has written and presented extensively around education, best practices, and accessibility in publications, including Oxford Press, Refinery 29, Allure Magazine, and the Disability Visibility Podcast.