FAE College Fellows

Our College Fellow program provides college students from the Latinx community studying education the opportunity to plan and co-teach alongside experienced professional teachers from May through August, gaining additional practicum experience as they prepare for a career in education.

Over 80% of the 45 fellows we have served since 2015 are the first generation in their families to earn a college degree or professional teaching certificate.

Since 2016, FAE has offered 60 fellows the opportunity to explore education as a career and over 50% are currently working in the field of education or actively pursuing a degree in education.

College Fellows
Currently Working in Education
College Fellows that Identify as Latino/a/x
Graduated or Pursuing a Bachelor’s
Earned or Pursuing an Early Childhood Certification
Earned or Pursuing a Masters

Meet the Fellows

Marlyn Agreda

Marlyn is a Mount Vernon High School graduate. She has served as a fellow for FAE for two years after taking the Recruiting Washington Teachers class in high school. She is from Peru and loves spending time hanging out with her sisters. She plans to attend Skagit Valley College in the fall of 2022 and transfer to Western Washington University after she earns her associates degree to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

Karina Avila

Estoy asistiendo la Universidad de Western Washington. Estoy en mi último año antes de ir a la escuela de maestría por mi certificado para hacer maestra de la secundaria. Mi familia son de Oaxaca y estoy aprendiendo en Mixteco que habla mi familia. Quiero hacer un recurso para ustedes y sus familias, yo entiendo que a veces es difícil ayudar a nuestros niños. Favor dejame saber cómo los puedo soportar

I am attending Western Washington University. I am currently in my last year of my undergrad before I go into grad school for my teaching certificate for secondary education. My family is from Oaxaca and I am currently learning my family’s language.

Archer Otero

Archer is a Mount Vernon High School graduate and played in the MVHS Mariachi as a clarinet. He was on the debate team for 4 years and was runner-up state champion in Speech and Debate. In the attends the University of Wyoming majoring in Engineering and Elementary Education. Archer served as a high school volunteer for five weeks in 2021 and was hired as a fellow for the summer of 2022. He is a triplet who likes going on adventures.

Alexis Portillo

About me: Hi, my name is Alexis and I have been working with FAE for two years now! I am from Visalia, California but grew up in Mount Vernon. I graduated from Mount Vernon High School and am continuing my education at Washington State University pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.

Hola, mi nombre es Alexis y trabajo con FAE desde hace dos años! Soy de Visalia, California pero crecí en Mount Vernon. Me gradué de la Escuela Secundaria Mount Vernon y continúo mi educación en la Universidad Estatal de Washington para obtener un título en Educación Primaria.

Adamaris Ocampo

Adamaris was born and raised in Mount Vernon, WA and is fluent in Spanish and English. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School, class of 2018. She completed her Pre Nursing Degree at Skagit Valley College, and is currently in the Nursing Program at Skagit Valley College working toward her Registered Nurse (RN) License. She plans to transfer to a University to complete a bachelors in nursing. Adamaris served as our Health Specialist in the summer of 2022.

Gloria Abarca

Gloria was a preschool teacher for FAE summer of 2021 where she built on her previous experience as a private preschool teacher in the Skagit Valley. She is currently, a special education paraprofessional in a Dual Language elementary school here in the Burlington School District.