Dr. Hector Montenegro works with districts and administrators nationally and internationally on systemic implementation of SEL. He provides training on instructional strategies for ELLs, leadership development for administrators, instructional coaching, and specializes in teacher coaching process through the use of technology, video recording, web-based platforms and observation protocols.
Dr. Montenegro is an internationally recognized keynote and motivational speaker, appearing at conferences, conventions, universities, schools and special events in the US and abroad in over 23 countries. He has been invited through the US State Department in cooperation with the US Embassies as a special educational advisor on in Chile, Peru and Saudi Arabia. He serves as a volunteer for the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to annual projects in Brazil, El Salvador and Uganda. An expert on instructional designs, Dr. Montenegro specialized in multicultural education, social emotional learning, restorative practices, curriculum designs, interactive and engaging pedagogy, technology integration, effective instructional strategies for ELLs, leadership coaching and development and parent engagement. He works directly with administrators, faculty and staff in developing leadership skills to establish structures that promote student success and support collaborative cultures that empower faculty, staff, students and parents.
Dr. Hector Montenegro began his teaching career in San Jose, California where he taught math at the junior and senior high school levels. He was an assistant principal in Washington, DC and a junior high and high school principal in Virginia. Dr. Montenegro later served as Chief of Staff of the DC Public Schools before moving to Texas where he served as a principal, an Area Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Services in Dallas, and Superintendent of Schools for three school districts in Texas. He obtained his masters from Stanford University and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
He has received numerous awards including: National Technology Savvy Superintendents Award; State-Wide Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Honoree Award for Public Education; LULAC National Distinguished Educator Award for Commitment in Education; TCEA Texas Technology Superintendent of the Year award, and the National LULAC Educator of the Year award.