Latina appointed to California committee aimed at developing new computer science standards in schools

Veronica Solter Godinez in the classroom.

Veronica Soltero Godinez knows coding and robotics skills are in high demand today in many jobs. She wants to make sure school children in California are getting the computer science education they need to succeed.

This coming school year the California Department of Education will be depending on her expertise. It has appointed Veronica to a very prestigious committee aimed and making computer science education better for students in California.

She shared her good news on Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook. 


Veronica has been an educator since 2005. She’s been a teacher, teacher’s coach, and principal in Idaho and California. She has served as Vice President of Inland Area CUE (Computer Using Educators) and continues to be involved with the organization.

She started her new job this month as principal at Maxson Elementary School in El Monte, CA.  The school has more than 500 students who are mostly Latino children.

Veronica is an innovator who is always looking for ways to motivate students. She said “I was the one teacher after school playing with robots and learning to code with the students.”

The mother of three girls has started many after school clubs within the schools that she has served and she has also taught teachers how to use computer science to cross teach with English, science, math and history.

Photo Courtesy Veronica Soltero Godinez

Veronica has lead coding and robotic programs for students and even invited parents to get involved.  The programs teach the students team work, persistence, creativity and problem-solving skills.


Veronica is confident her students will have opportunities in the future for college scholarships and careers in demand in coding and robotics.  Veronica told us “There are many jobs waiting to be filled that are sitting waiting for my students to graduate. Jobs with $100,000 salaries – just waiting.”

Veronica Soltero Godinez

Veronica will join twenty other individuals appointed on the California Computer Science Standards Advisory Committee. She is the only Latina appointed. It’s good to know the State of California brings diversity to the table.

Congrats and good luck Veronica! You can follow Veronica on Twitter @MsVGodinez

Rebecca Aguilar is an award winning journalist and the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, a social media networking group on Facebook and LinkedIn for Latinas with more than 9,000 members. 

Sylvia Mendez helped end 100 years of segregation in California

During this Hispanic Heritage Month we honor Sylvia Mendez who helped change life for Mexican children in California when legal action ended segregation.


Sylvia  was the daughter of Gonzalo Mendez,a Mexican immigrant and Felicitas Mendez, a Puerto Rican immigrant. Like most parents, they wanted Sylvia and her two brothers to get a good education but they were not allowed to enroll into a “white” school.

Sylvia’s parents and other parents filed a class action lawsuit in 1945 on behalf of more than 5,000 children who attended segregated schools. They won the lawsuit.

In February 2011, President Obama awarded Sylvia Mendez the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Today Sylvia Mendez continues to share her story in schools across the country.

More information:

History on Sylvia Mendez 

Somos Mayfair leaving no child behind in the Silicon Valley

Lilian Lopez Peña told us about the organization Somos Mayfair on our Wise Latinas Linked Facebook page.  The nonprofit is setting the tone in the Silicon Valley by making sure every child has an opportunity to push forward. 


Photo by Lilian Lopez Peña

Grassroots efforts – this was evident at the 8th Annual ‪#‎GraciasALaVida‬ celebration of Somos Mayfair in San Jose yesterday. Pictured to the left is Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, the Executive Director, an agent of change and a sister in the movement.

Unbeknownst to most, there is a large Latino population in Silicon Valley this organization serves, to give a voice to otherwise hidden social inequality. Camille, along with hundreds of Latino leaders and many other professionals in the country’s mega-tech hub, came together to recommit to the cause of serving our under-privileged and to propel our children forward.

We tilted Silicon Valley yesterday, with the weight and power of our ‪#‎Latino‬ community. Under one roof, there were many social influencers.

I had the opportunity to meet former San Jose Mayor, Ron Gonzales (now President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of SV), a major supporter of education and literacy among our community.

The Alum Rock Union School Superintendent, Hilaria Bauer, made a special announcement: “Partnership accelerates change and it must start early – Somos Mayfair, Headstart, First 5, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and many more partner organizations, along with Alum Rock Union School District will offer universal pre-school services.”

Here is a clip of Camille as posted to Twitter by my news organization, ABC7 News Bay Area. As part of my work here and with the SF Latino Community Foundation, I suggested Somos Mayfair as an organization to receive hundreds of Disney ‪#‎MagicOfStoryTelling‬ books through First Book – they are on track for their new Disney book shipment in May/June.


I am also working on news coverage of the presentation. When I walked into the venue yesterday, Camille and staff had placed a book on every chair, which each attendee then placed into a book bin as a symbolic action of our commitment to literacy among our children. I knew I was in the right place, in the right space, in a room filled with amazing grace.

Post by Lilian Lopez Peña

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