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Josephine Gomez ’90

Josephine GomezJosephine Gomez ’90 has over 16 years of experience serving urban schools in both instructional and administrative capacities. Working in public, private, and charter school systems, she has taught all levels of junior and senior high school science courses, including college preparatory, and she integrates writing and reading into curricula to increase student achievement.

As an administrator, Gomez has focused on school management and teacher recruitment and retention. She emphasizes areas that build hard and soft skills relating to equity in education (race and gender), differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences, and problem-based learning. 

In her current position as school director of the UNO Hector P. Garcia MD High School, Gomez is responsible for the entire instructional program, integrating academics with the school’s mission, guiding principles, and improvement goals. Prior to this role, Gomez served as the dean of academics and the director of curriculum and instruction for North Lawndale College Prep High School, as program assistant for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s “Integrating Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum” (IWRAC) Project, and as a science teacher and department chairperson at Acorn Charter High School.

Gomez received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and her master’s in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In July of 2011, Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her to the Chicago Public Library Board of Directors.