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Los Angeles County, CA November 6, 2007 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Esthela Torres de Siegrist

Candidate for
Governing Board Member; El Monte Union High School District

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Biography of

Professor Esthela Torres de Siegrist

El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees Address: 11652 Kerrwood Place, El Monte, Ca 91732 Phone: (626) 442-0354 Work Phone: (626) 622-1794 Email:

Born in Mexico City (Dual Citizenship, U.S. & Mexico)
El Monte Resident since 1975
Parents: Telecommunications Engineer & Housewife
Siblings in Mexico City: Four, all college-degree

holders and professionals


Catholic Schools from K to 12
High School Valedictorian, Instituto Rossi, Mexico City

University of Mexico, Valedictorian in College of

Philosophy & Letters 1968

B.A.: Spanish, U. of Mexico 1968
M.A.: Linguistics, U. of Mexico & U. of Madrid 1970
M.A.: Education, Pepperdine U. 1975
ABD: Linguistics, U. of Mexico 1980

Languages: Spanish, French, English

Work Experience:
40+ years Teaching & 40+ years Translating &


Teacher, Pedagogical Institute, Mexico City
University Professor, Spanish: U. of Mexico, U. of

San Antonio Texas, Extension of U. of Mexico, U. de las

Citrus College, APU, Cal-Poly Pomona & CSU--I-Poly,
Pasadena City College,
University of Southern California


20 years Confirmation Teacher, Lector, Eucharistic
Minister (Nativity Church)
20 years local PTA's & PCC, PCC PTSA
(Membership Chair 2005-2007)
President, El Monte Women's Club 2005-2007
(1st Hispanic to hold this position in club's 102
years of existence)
Dean, El Monte Women's Club 2003-2005 (1st Hispanic to
hold this position)
Dean, El Monte Women's Club (2007-2008)
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261
(Membership Chair, Education Chair) 2004-2006
American Legion Auxiliary, District. 18
(Music Chair) 2005-2006
American Legion Auxiliary, District 18
(Poppy Chair) 2006-2008
Boy Scouts of America--Religious Medal Counselor
El Monte Business & Professional Women's Club
(Scholarship Chair) 2004-2007
El Monte BPW 1st Vice President, Programs Chair
Mentor, El Monte High School Girls 2003-2006
Judge, El Monte High School Senior Projects 2003-2007
President, Friend O' Garden Club 2007-2008
El Monte Parent/ Community Representative for Fuller
Youth Initiative For Positive Development and
Violence Prevention (2005-2007)

Awards: 1970-1973: Full Fellowship, Linguistics U. of Madrid 2003--YWCA, San Gabriel Valley Woman of the Year 2005--El Monte Women's Club Woman of the Year 2005--First Place Winner, Musical Composition,

California Department of American Legion Auxiliary
2006--Second Place Winner, Musical Composition
California Department of American Legion Auxiliary
2006--Woman of the Year, El Monte Business &
Professional Women

Hobbies: Travel, Languages, Reading, Hiking, Knitting,

Tatting, Theater Arts

Political Involvement:

Appointed as City of El Monte Cultural Commissioner
Elected Member Democratic Central Committee, 49th
A.D. 2006-2010 (Received 2nd highest votes of 11'

Family: Happily married 32 years to same husband.

Very proud Mother of three college graduates
Eldest Daughter: College Professor
Son: Attorney-at-law
Youngest Daughterz: Teacher/Mentor)
Very proud mother-in-law of Registered Nurse at
Kaiser Hospital
Very proud grandmother of two wonderful boys
(19 months & 4 year-old) "The apples of my eye!"

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