Gloria Peña Rockhold is the Community Programs Manager for Albemarle County Public Schools, which serves 13,100 students in 26 schools covering 726 square miles. Her responsibilities include promoting the active engagement of the county’s diverse communities in K-12 education as well as ensuring the delivery of high quality educational services to all residents.
Her particular focus is on the Latino community, which is a rapidly growing part of the county’s student population. In addition to coordinating Community Programs around the division, she is focused on the high educational attainment of our marginalized students. Including and engaging families in the educational conversation is a consistent component of all programs Gloria is involved in. She is involved in crafting cultural competency professional development workshops for the school division as well as community organizations. In addition, Gloria works closely with diversity resource teachers in each school to develop programs and special events that bring parents into the schools as active participants in their child’s education.
In addition to her position with Albemarle County Public Schools, Rockhold is the executive board chair of Creciendo Juntos, a service organization for the Latino community; a board member of the Charlottesville Free Clinic, Habitat for Humanity and the Citizens Action Committee for the Office of the Public Defender.
Prior to her current position, Rockhold served as a multi-cultural mental health counselor at Albemarle High School. She holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Foundations in Education from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Multi-Cultural Mental Health Counseling from the American University of Prof. Psychology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Louisiana State University. She also is a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville and Sorensen Political Leadership. Rockhold was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and formerly lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.