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Emiliano Sanchez
Emiliano Sanchez

Emiliano Sanchez

Oakland Unified School District

Oakland, CA USA

"Invest in yourself."

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Day In The Life

Director of CTE Trades and Apprenticeships

I help students explore different post-secondary career paths.


Day In The Life Of A Director Of Career Technical Education

My Day to Day

Some days I'll spend the majority of my time in meetings. Other days, I'll be at a school talking to students about different career options and talking to people about events that are coming up, like a skilled trade fair or college tour. I'll make calls or send emails to coordinate career exploration activities for students.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    California State University - East Bay

  • Graduate Degree

    Curriculum and Instruction

    California State University - East Bay

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I immigrated to the United States from Mexico when I was three years old.

  • 2.

    I initially wanted to be a doctor but once I got to college and started working with needles and blood, I knew it wasn’t the right fit for me.

  • 3.

    I got a job working with sheet metal as I did some soul searching to figure out what I really wanted to do.

  • 4.

    When I was in junior high, I taught mathematics to younger students and really enjoyed it, so I decided to lean into that.

  • 5.

    I earned my bachelor’s degree in mathematics and got a job as an instructional assistant for Oakland Unified School District.

  • 6.

    From there, I was able to get a job as a mathematics teacher at my old junior high school.

  • 7.

    I did that for eight years and then moved on to teaching mathematics at my old high school.

  • 8.

    I spent five more years teaching and then moved up to assistant principal, then principal, and now director of CTE trades and apprenticeships.