Margarita Di Salvo
I become involved with education out of a desire to be an active participant in my children’s educational experiences – I was hooked after my first parent involvement activity. However, let me start at the beginning. I was born in Puerto Rico, and completed most of my education in the states. My parents encouraged and expected me to be fully fluent in Spanish and English for which I am eternally grateful. Being fluent in two languages has opened many doors of opportunity.
My first experience with migrant education came more than 20 years ago when I was hired as a teaching assistant for an elementary school in Winchester, Virginia. The migrant education program office for the Shenandoah Valley was housed at the same school. Not only did I have the pleasure of working with the migrant students, I also got to know many of their parents during home visits and at school events. It is incredibly rewarding to know that my work impacted our migrant families in a positive manner. Parents that were once apprehensive about contacting the school with their concerns became confident in communicating with us on a regular basis.
I joined ESCORT in 2006. My day-to-day tasks as an Education Specialist are as varied as the journey that has brought me to this point. One task that gives me great pride is managing the Florida Identification & Recruitment Office website, which maintains a rich repository of training resources. Working for and representing ESCORT has been a natural outgrowth of my interest in education, which has driven my professional development. It is a privilege to work alongside amazingly gifted, dedicated colleagues.
As an Education Specialist with ESCORT, Margarita (Margot) Di Salvo provides professional development to local education agencies in the area of parent involvement. She also works with state education agencies in overseeing independent re-interview initiatives for their migrant education programs. Margot has served on a number of work groups and committees in the continuous improvement cycle for the Florida Migrant Education Program, and she leads the Florida Pre-K Task Force for the state's Consortium Incentive Grant.