Dr. Wanda Montanez
Dr. Wanda I. Montañez was born in Puerto Rico, she and her family arrived in the United States in the early 1980’s. As a low-income, first-generation, bilingual Latina college student, Wanda has drawn on her own personal experience to inspire students to drive towards their college aspirations through different educational institutions and roles. Most recently, Wanda served as the Director of College Success for the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association where she was responsible for guiding and supporting the development of college counseling programs at over 80 charter schools in Massachusetts. This included projects from statewide professional development programs, data analysis, and developing college partnerships for the Commonwealth.
Prior to that, Wanda served as the College Counseling Manager for the prestigious Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park where she not only supported the development of the college counseling program within Boston Prep but personally counseled hundreds of students. Wanda has also worked in other student success roles with Tufts University, Wheelock College, and Bunker Hill Community College. Wanda holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Massachusetts, a Masters in Education from Boston University, and a Bachelors in Psychology from Framingham State University.
Her dissertation topic, The Role of Multiethnic Latino Students’ Sense of Belonging in College was fueled, in part, by her work with underrepresented students over the course of her professional career in the K-16 pipeline. Wanda has extensive experience designing and implementing systems and programs to support boosting college attendance and completion rates. Wanda’s diverse experience in working at all levels within college access has led her to her new role as Senior Director of College Success Programs at Chyten Education.
- Academic skills and enrichment in English
- College counseling
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