About Brenda M. Diaz

Brenda M. Diaz is an esteemed educator with over two decades of experience teaching children across various educational settings, from pre-K to high school, ESOL to AP. Her journey in education began as a Spanish teacher at a progressive private school in Washington, D.C., where she played a pivotal role as Curriculum Coordinator in designing innovative curriculum frameworks for grades three to six and presenting at regional foreign language conferences. Brenda’s dedication to enriching educational experiences has been unwavering throughout her career.

With a solid foundation in American history, government, and Latin American studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Brenda equipped herself with a breadth of knowledge to inspire and empower her students.  Her commitment to fostering critical thinking and promoting diverse perspectives is evident in her teaching approach, where she seeks to amplify all our communities’ voices and instill a deep

appreciation for cultural heritage.  Her commitment to fostering critical thinking and promoting diverse perspectives is evident in her teaching approach, where she seeks to amplify all our communities’ voices and instill a deep appreciation for cultural heritage.

Brenda is a James Madison Memorial Fellow and Buchwald Fellow, was selected two years in a row as a participant in the competitive National Endowment for the Humanities Landmark seminars, and was trained by Harvard Business School’s Case Method Project to deepen students’ understanding of American democracy.

Brenda’s professional career has taken her through various educational communities, including nursery schools, parent-led cooperative schools, her own farm and forest program, and public and private schools across the District of Columbia and Maryland region. Through these experiences, she gained valuable insights into the multifaceted landscape of education and emerged as a champion for academic excellence.

As a candidate for the Board of Education, Brenda aims to transform Montgomery County Public Schools by championing academic excellence, focusing on restoring safety, empowering students, families, and teachers, and ensuring responsible resource allocation through diligent oversight of our schools.

Our mission is to reimagine the public education model, reinforcing the foundation of MCPS so that every child receives a high-quality education. Through collaboration with parents, students, educators, and the community, we will provide immersive learning experiences that inspire critical thinking, celebrate diversity, and ignite a passion for lifelong learning. Her belief in the transformative power of education to uplift individuals and communities drives her passion for serving on the Board of Education. Together, we will create an educational environment where every student has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

Brenda is the mother of three children. Her eldest daughter graduated from Poolesville High School’s Humanities program after enrolling in Maryvale Elementary and Gaithersburg Middle School’s French Immersion program. She now attends Montgomery College. Her middle daughter is currently a sophomore at Quince Orchard High School, where she plays on the JV Softball team and is a member of the fine arts program. Her youngest daughter is homeschooled, participating in outdoors-oriented programs throughout the county, including attending field trips every Friday all over the DMV.

Brenda is the Founder and Director of Heart of Joy Learning, a farm and forest program for homeschooled elementary school-age children. She is also a Middle and High School Social Studies teacher at Fusion Global Academy.

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