A graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, Ms. Rueda holds a B.A. degree in Child Development and an M.A. in School Administration with an emphasis on Bilingual Special Education. She has a Multiple Subjects Credential (K-12), a Certificate of Competency in Spanish, as well as an Administrative Credential. She began her teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher in Pasadena USD. She taught for several years before becoming a Program Specialist for Long Beach USD. As the Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Coordinating Council, Ms. Rueda founded the first conferences held in the county on Bilingual Special Education. Besides being a Program Specialist, Ms. Rueda has been an Assistant Principal in Paramount USD and an Elementary School Principal in Compton USD. In 2005, she returned to Pasadena USD to lead Don Benito Fundamental School, considered one of the top schools by Los Angeles Magazine (2006). As one of the Cluster Leaders in Pasadena USD, Ms. Rueda led staff development at the district level as well as mentored other principals. She has also worked in the charter school world as a chief academic officer and the head of schools. In June, 2012, Ms. Rueda retired from public education. She currently resides in Houston,Texas.