Region VI Delegate
Petra Mencía was born in the Bronx and raised in the Dominican Republic. She has been a bilingual special education educator and administrator for 29 years, 27 of those in the Buffalo Public School District. Petra’s involvement with NYSABE began in 1992 as a graduate student at SUNY at Buffalo. Since then, Petra’s experience as an educator and administrator has proven to be an asset as she has served NYSABE in a variety of ways. She has assisted with NYSABE conference registration and annual student essay contest. She has chaired the Hospitality Committee and Special Education Strand. Petra has also participated in fundraising events, mini conferences, and professional development activities in her region.
Petra has offered her unique perspective as an educator and administrator while serving on several initiatives that have advocated for the rights of multilingual learners across the region such as the Buffalo Public Schools Reading Committee, Parent Involvement, changes in C.R. Part 154 Regulations, No Child Left Behind assessments, Race to the Top, and Say Yes to Education, Buffalo. She is currently a Content Specialist for Teach for America in Buffalo.
Petra is a bilingual education product from the New York City public school system. She is a passionate advocate for the rights of multilingual learners and is confident that her efforts will positively influence their education.