Translators

  • Peggy was born and raised in Ventura County and is native of Mexican descent. Following her graduation from Oxnard High School, she completed her studies at the Escuela de Comercio Navarro Pavon in Yucatan, Mexico and completed a course in Court Interpreting at CSUN. Peggy, with over 16 years of experience, is a Senior District Translator and Interpreter for the Oxnard School District’s Special Education Department. Alongside the supervision of the OSD Special Education Director, she is the point of contact who facilitates training of new translators/interpreters. In addition to overseeing the team and managing the scheduling and assigning of document translations and IEP meeting interpretations to district translators and interpreters. In execution of leadership role, she sets the example for the team to work with professionalism, diligence, and ease. She is inspired daily by her husband, daughter (who attends The University of Chicago) and son (who attends an Adult Transition Program). Being a parent of an adult son with exceptional needs has allowed her to see the importance of fluent and accessible communication between school staff and parents. Through her esteemed position and experience at the Oxnard School District, Peggy utilizes her translating and interpreting skills to help overcome language barriers, ultimately striving to facilitate the comprehension of a student’s individualized education plan to parents and caregivers. 


    Francisco Hernandez was born and raised in Ventura County of Mexican descent and parentage, and currently serves as a Senior Spanish Translator and Interpreter for Oxnard School District’s Special Education Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from the University of Guadalajara- Center of Social Sciences and Humanities (UDG/CUCSH) in Jalisco, Mexico. His dedication and highly personable attitude in support of the educational community dates to his 10 years of ESL teaching experience abroad, permitting for his collaboration in the educational community to be prosperous. As a trained and competent District Translator/Interpreter his work experience has further enhanced his interpersonal and communication abilities within the processes of delivering information in a clear, concise, and understandable manner. 


    Born and raised in Corral Falso, Guerrero, Mexico, Eliseo Tavira Charco is a highly skilled and dedicated District Interpreter and Translator for the Special Education Department at the Oxnard Elementary School District. As a first-generation college graduate, he pursued his passion for languages and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, in addition to earning an English <> Spanish Translation Certificate from California State University Channel Islands. His commitment to continuous learning led him to achieve a Spanish Language and Literature Certificate from Andalusí Instituto de Idiomas in Málaga, Spain. With profound linguistic expertise and cultural understanding, Eliseo plays a crucial role in bridging communication gaps by providing accurate contextually appropriate interpretations and translations. His ability to discern language nuances and variations fosters a sense of inclusion and mutual understanding between students, parents, and school staff. Eliseo ensures that families with limited English proficiency are heard and understood during meetings about their child’s Individualized Educational Plans. As an immigrant himself, Eliseo can empathize with the challenges and aspirations of the hard-working Oxnard immigrant families, rendering him an approachable and relatable figure among the OSD population. He derives immense satisfaction and fulfillment from knowing that he’s not only breaking the language barrier but also creating meaningful connections that positively impact the lives of those he serves in his community. Outside of his professional endeavors, he enjoys various hobbies, including travel that broadens his understanding of cultures and enhances his language skills, and attending musical and sports events.
     


    Born and raised in Mexico City, Alma Limon is a committed Oxnard Elementary School District Interpreter and Translator for the Special Education Department. Prior to her role as Interpreter and translator within the district, Alma gained valuable experience by serving as a Special Education Instructional Assistant in the Rio School District. During her time there, she directly assisted Special Education Students within the Resource Specialist Program and classroom settings. Her focus was on aiding students in achieving their academic milestones and assisting them when they had language barriers to communicate. Her dedication extended to collaborating with both the Educational Services and Special Education Departments, where she effectively utilized her bilingual skills to provide interpretation and translation services. Notably, she interpreted to families during the enrollment process, IEP Meetings, therapy sessions, and Board Meetings. Additionally, she assisted families in Spanish by connecting them with essential community resources under the Office of Student and Family Services. In her capacity as a Translator, she worked alongside teachers translating materials such as Parent Handbook Guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic, Parent meetings, and recipes for the Child Nutrition Services Department. Within 16 years of active involvement as a parent within the Oxnard School District, she always aspired to reciprocate her community’s support by working for the district. As an Interpreter, Alma serves as a vital bridge between families and educational personnel aligning her career with the vision and mission of the Oxnard School District while delivering indispensable assistance and support through her expert interpretation and translation services.



    Diana Huizar Amaro has been a committed and adept District Translator and Interpreter for the Oxnard School District (OSD) Special Education Department since September 2022. She was born in Ventura, California, but spent most of her childhood in Mexico. Proud of her heritage, she is the descendant of immigrant parents and is a first-generation college postgraduate. Ms. Huizar is a Chicano Artist and scholar whose research focuses on Chicano literature and its historical and social impact on language and identity. She holds a Master of Education and Humanistic Studies (MIHE) from Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (UAZ), where she received a scholarship from Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) for her research. Additionally, she possesses a BA in Foreign Languages in Translation from the same institution. Her proficiency in multiple languages has led her to work as a teacher in private schools such as Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and Instituto Educativo de Zacatecas (IEZ), among others. Ms. Huizar has taught English, French, and Literature at the Middle and High School levels. Her expertise in the fields of Translation, Linguistics, and Education enables her to serve as a mediator, removing Spanish-English language barriers between parents and OSD staff during IEP meetings. Her most rewarding experience as part of the OSD family is witnessing the positive impact of her work, as parents can now actively participate in the development of their child's IEP and ensure they receive the Special Education services they need to succeed in life. Apart from her passion for her job, Diana enjoys drawing, painting, playing musical instruments, and writing poetry and prose. Her ultimate dream is to contribute to a world where everyone is treated equally. 


    Sofia Camarena is a first-generation college graduate, born and raised in Oxnard, CA. Sofia graduated from UCSB in 2021 with a B.A in Sociology and Spanish, with a minor in Educational Studies. Before joining the Oxnard School District, Sofia worked as a Project Specialist for Interface Children & Family Services where she provided professional development trainings, in English and Spanish, for Early Childhood Educators and Domestic Violence Advocates. Since joining the Special Education Department as a District Translator/Interpreter at the Oxnard School District, Sofia takes pride in helping bridge language barriers between English-only speaking staff and Spanish-only speaking parents. Sofia believes that the greatest part about working for the OSD is that she can give back to the school district that she was fortunate enough to attend schools at.