Sasha Talavera is an Inclusion Specialist for Soquel Union Elementary School District. With 8 years of experience working in the elementary school setting, she has served varying roles as a Classified team member, including Instructional Aide, Campus Supervisor, and Calm Room Supervisor. In her work, she focuses on providing students with a connection to a caring adult, regulation tools and strategies, conflict resolution, and academic support. Additionally, she has facilitated Student Leadership, directed Tier 1 PBIS supports including school-wide expectations, activities, and events, coordinated and implemented Tier II behavior plans and data collection, co-facilitated SEL and RULER training for Classified Staff, and offered behavioral support to students. Stepping into a new role this school year as an Inclusion Specialist with the Student Services team she looks forward to serving students, families, and staff across the school district.
Born in Marin, but a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, Sasha is a third-generation educator. With a degree in Visual and Public Art, an emphasis in Museum Studies and Art Pedagogy from CSUMB, she is skilled in working with a service learning and community strengths mindset. Sasha’s foundational focus on nurturing the whole child comes from her experience as a mom of four and her work with the Family Advisory Council and Pediatric Diabetes Council at Stanford Children’s. This work developed and inspired her passion for whole wellness; a desire to help students to thrive despite challenges. She seeks to continue her education and deepen her Trauma Informed Care practices.
When not at work Sasha enjoys spending time with her family. She loves traveling, but her coastal home and outdoor adventures there are her favorites. She loves beachside walks, hikes in the redwoods, swimming, surfing, and mountain biking in the Santa Cruz area.