Theresa Montano

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Theresa Montano

Theresa Montano was a member of League of Revolutionary Struggle.[1] She is married to Terry Skotnes. She is a Professor at California State University, Northridge. Former Board of directors at California Teachers Association. Former Professional Development Specialist at United Teachers Los Angeles.


  • Studied Education at UCLA
  • Studied Urban Education, Bilingual Cross Cultural at California State University, Los Angeles
  • Studied Chicano/a Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.


California Teachers Association Vice-President Dr. Theresa Montano began her teaching career as a middle school paraeducator in northeast Los Angeles. She later became a middle and high school social studies classroom teacher and taught for 15 years in Los Angeles, California and Denver, Colorado. She helped establish a program for teachers interested in securing their National Board certification and secure a stipend and retirement benefits for those teachers.

In partnership with LAUSD, she developed a program and curriculum for Dial-a-Teacher, Multilingual Teacher Academies, New Teacher Academy and SB 1969/CLAD certification. As a member of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), she also served on the Board of Directors, House of Representatives and CTA State Council. An active unionist, Montaño was also on the staff of UTLA, where she worked in professional development and as an area representative for nine years. She was the first coordinator of the Helen Bernstein Professional Development Center.

Today, she is a professor of Chicana/Chicano Studies with an emphasis in education at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Theresa has served on the California Teachers Association, Board of Directors representing her constituents in the California Faculty Association, Community College Association and Student California Teachers Association.

Montaño’s research interests include: teacher activism; Chicana/o and Latino/a educational equity; critical multicultural education; and Bilingual/ELL education. Her publications include two co-edited books, Transforming Practices in Urban Education with William DelaTorre and Jacqueline Hughes and Assault on Kids: How Hyperaccountability, Corporatization and Deficit Ideologies are Destroying Our Schools with Roberta Ahlquist and Paul Gorski. She is also the author of several research publications, essays and curriculum units.

Theresa believes that these are crucial times for public education and for CTA. We have an opportunity to work collectively for a public education system that will benefit the students, faculty and staff in every sector of public education, Pre-K through higher education.

Theresa is committed to building and maintaining a strong CTA, because it is essential not only to the survival of public education but to the advancement of the entire labor movement. As such, Montaño seeks greater collaboration between CTA, other labor unions and ethnic minority communities in areas of mutual concern such as privatization, fair taxation and access to education, health care and social services.

She previously served for six years as an NEA Board of Director, a member of NEA’s English Language Learners Culture and Equity Program, and as the president of the National Council for Higher Education. She has also served as president of educational rights organizations such as the National Association for Multicultural Education and the California Association of Mexican-American Educators. Montaño lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Terry.[2]

Japan coonection

Arlene Inouye June 27, 2016 · Osaka, Japan

I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity and thank the Japanese union activists for taking care of every part of my visit including translators and various modes of transportation. Just as we discussed the foundation of one-on-one organizing, and the importance of relationships, I experienced deep international solidarity that we share as brothers and sisters across the Pacific. This is a critical juncture for the future of Japan.


— with Sam Winslow, Tracy Lai, Minori Yoneyama, Eriko Kojima, Gregory Cendana, Kent Wong, Johanna Hester, Kim Geron, Monica Thammarath, Darren Shiroma, Susan Li, Minh Tran, Stan Kiino, Wade Kyle, Luisa Blue, Jessica Cendana, Steven Moy, Ray Takeda, Theresa Montano, Eric Heins, David Goldberg, Cesar Moreno, Mary Cathryn Ricker, Kristy Ishii, Kenji Kurazawa.

Jackson supporter


In 1988 Theresa Montano was Los Angeles leader of Latinos for Jackson, a Jesse Jackson delegate, and 25th District coordinator of the Jackson campaign.[3]

In 1988 Theresa Montano was a bi-lingual education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was a member of the board of the National Rainbow Coalition, Los Angeles coordinator of Latinos for Jackson, and was a founding member of Coloradans for Language Freedom in Denver.[4]

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Theresa Montano of the California State University, Northridge signed the statement[5].

Latinos for Peace

On October 31 2009, Latinos For Peace issued a statement calling for “no escalation of the war in Afghanistan and for expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as an end to the coup government in Honduras”.

More than 100 activists endorsed the call, including Theresa Montano, CSU Northridge.[6]