is a 1970 graduate of Memorial High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1976; a Master of Arts from UTSA in 1979; and her Ph. D. from OLLU in 2011. Presently she serves as the Senior Education Associate at Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA). Her primary focus is teacher professional development in English language learners. In addition, she provides training and technical assistance in assessment strategies, bilingual and sheltered instruction techniques among many others.
Throughout her life she has remained an active member of her community and church. She is an advocate for education for young Latino children beginning in her early years as a bilingual teacher to her current position with IDRA. Jose Rodriguez nominated Dr. Carreon-Sanchez and said, “Dr. Carreon-Sanchez has earned a reputation of helping others have a better life. She is a true inspiration and role model.”
Sulema believes that the legacy left behind, when one leaves this world, is the most important gift one can give. As in her life, writes Guadalupe Carreon, Jr., “Her life illuminates being the best model for students, parents and community as a product of the Edgewood School District by pursuing the highest level of education and working with and beside the students in need of support, love, and in addition, paving the path for their future, ‘Si se puede’.”