Gwen Agustin has worked in public education for almost 20 years. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Child Adolescent Development. She holds a M.S. in Psychology and PPS credentials in school psychology and school counseling. Gwen also has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership as well as a clear administrative credential.
Gwen started her career in education as a preschool teacher while she went through her undergraduate degree. As a preschool teacher, she was an active leader in Project Base Learning and created curriculum that engaged early student learning. After she graduated with her M.S. degree, she worked as a school psychologist in preschool, elementary and high school programs. There she was involved in the assessment of students, mental health programs and services, lead student centered teams and provided consultative supports to teachers, families and students directly. She then began her career in school administration where she has worked for the past 8 years. She has lead special education programs from elementary to high school and in charter schools and district schools. Gwen also works with college students and teaches psychology courses at local community colleges as well as behavior intervention and management courses for students earning their teaching credentials.
Gwen’s educational philosophy is based on an inclusive and social justice framework. Her dissertation was titled, “Response to Intervention: Moving towards equity and social justice in special education.” She is passionate about student equity and believes that all people can achieve given the right supports and services. She believes in inclusive practices and having all students learn in the same classroom environment. She promotes civic responsibility, high expectations and developing a community of learners.
As an immigrant herself, Gwen is excited at the opportunity to work with her Asian American Pacific Islander community in being part of ASPIRE. She has personal experience with close friends and family who did not finish college, which has created her deep commitment to helping college students graduate and become positive contributors to their community and work force.