Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Silvina Jover

Teacher, Desert Pines High School
Teacher Leader Academy, Cohort 6

Dr. Silvina Jover is, first and foremost, a mother to her now college-aged son. She is a Bilingual Social Studies teacher and strategist in Las Vegas, NV. Born in Argentina, raised in Uruguay, and a pseudo Portuguese due to her family ties to the country, she has been an educator and advocate for immigrant students and their families in the U.S. for the past 10 years. Her background in fields outside education (linguistics and advertising) brings a unique perspective to her pedagogy, which is focused on the development of critical thinking skills and rooted in an understanding of the cultural wealth of each of her students.

Silvina is fluent in 4 languages and has a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Global Affairs, and recently completed her Ph. D. at UNLV in the field of Multicultural Education. She is an advisory member of several local, state, and national educational committees in bilingual education, digital teaching and learning, and Civics and U.S. Constitution curriculum design. Her work within the local Vegas community spans from helping to train pre-service teachers in the field of dual language in her capacity as instructor at Nevada State College to serving as Board Secretary for the Parent Leadership Team of Nevada.

Silvina has been a dual language Social Studies teacher at Desert Pines High School for the past 6 years, 2 of which also served as the English Language Acquisition and Development and Dual Language Bilingual Education Student Success Advocate. After 8 years in the Las Vegas valley, she has truly become an academic and advocacy referent in the field of bilingual education at the local and state levels.