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Jose Ortega, Jr.

Adjunct Faculty
Education Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Jose Ortega is an adjunct professor of education in the TESOL department. He is a former high school English Language Arts and English Language Development teacher and a current literacy specialist and coordinator of professional development for Pasadena Unified School District. He applies a lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion to his work so that all learners have the opportunity to access literacy instruction and develop as readers and writers that become change agents in our society. He earned his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from the University of Southern California, and his M.A. in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University. He began his career in education as a 2008 Corps Member in Teach for America. 



  • MA, Loyola Marymount University
  • BA, University of Southern California