Zorel Zambrano

Zorel Zambrano

Curriculum & Instruction Director of SMASH Academy

Brief Biography

Zorel Zambrano is the Curriculum & Instruction Director. Zorel’s dedication to education and social justice has landed her in a variety of roles reflective of the diverse educational landscape. She spent the last 13 years in Chicago, Oakland, and San Diego teaching young people, leading a Chicago Public School as a resident principal, and coaching teachers and administrators. She also has experience consulting on micro-finance reform projects at an EdTech startup in San Francisco. Her approach is centered around equitable and inclusive practices for historically marginalized or nondominant groups. Most recently, Zorel has developed programming and curriculum to incorporate Restorative Justice Practices into schools in the San Diego Unified School District.

Zorel is a first-generation college student and a native Spanish speaker. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Education. Zorel was born in Venezuela, grew up in Chicago, and has lived in California for 5 years.

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