Dr. Lupe Buell - Estrella


Dr. Lupe Buell has been a longtime MANA member and has been a previous board member for four years. She is currently a co-chair of the MANA Latina Success Conference committee and for the Latina Success Leadership Program, as well as being a Scholarship Committee member. Dr. Buell currently serves as Chair of Mission Federal Credit Union Board of Directors and is a mentor to students in the master’s program at Point Loma Nazarene University. Dr. Buell is currently on the Department of Dual Language & English Learner Education as a Credential Program Supervisor for single subject student teachers at San Diego State University. In addition, she is also currently an adjunct professor in the master’s program at Point Loma Nazarene University teaching Master’s Research Design. Dr. Buell earned a BA in education from San Francisco State, an MA from San Diego State, and a PhD in education jointly conferred by Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State. Lupe has been an elementary and middle school teacher, and held various leadership positions in the Cajon Valley School District that included being a curriculum coordinator responsible for services to English Language Learners and the bilingual school communities as well as being an elementary school principal. Dr. Buell is the author of “Cultural Understandings for Educators” a series of texts used as part of the training program she developed and provided to school district staff.

Dr. Buell was hired by the San Diego County Office of Education as the bilingual education coordinator where she provided training in state and federal laws concerning bilingual education and language acquisition for teachers, parents, and administrators. In addition, she wrote a manual for increasing bilingual parent involvement at the school and district level for educators.

Dr. Buell has served on several boards including the chair of the Association of California School Administrators, region 18, the Director of Financial Affairs for the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) and the fundraising and conference chair for the region 4 chapter of CABE. Dr. Buell is an inspiring individual who brings passion to every position she is in and we are lucky to have her on our team. Lupe is a MANA Estrella!