Gabriela "Gaby" Beas
Gabriela "Gaby" Beas is a first generation Mexican-American, the daughter of migrant farm workers, with roots in both Solana Beach and Encinitas. As the first in her family to pursue higher education, Gaby received an A.A. degree from MiraCosta College and was awarded the Latino HealthCare Professional Project (LHPP) fellowship at California State University Long Beach. During her time at CSU Long Beach, Gaby gained extensive experience in community advocacy while working to eliminate healthcare disparities. After completing a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, she shifted her focus from healthcare to education and has since continued the long and passionate work of eliminating educational disparities, championing equality, and empowering communities. To her success, she credits her time at MiraCosta College. “I had a mentor at MiraCosta who saw something in me, something I hadn’t yet discovered, and she had me apply for the fellowship. Because of her, a seed was planted, which later became the passion and purpose for my career. That is why I have returned to MiraCosta. I want to pass on the gift that I was given. I want to help guide others to find their passion so they too can discover their purpose.”
Gaby has more than 27 years of experience working in education and with our most vulnerable communities. She is an active community member always looking for opportunities to help students and their families grow. “I want my students to shine and be excellent in school, in their community and in life, but I also want all our community members to see how extraordinary these young leaders truly are and will continue to be in the near future.” She is a board member of the Mexican-American Educational Guidance Association (MAEGA), Nature Collective, and Los Angelitos de Encinitas (LAdE). She is an active committee member of the City of Encinitas Dia De Los Muertos, La Colonia Dia De Los Muertos and the Encinitas Community Resource Center Holiday Basket Program.
“My family, friends and coworkers allow me to be the best I can be so that I can provide the best of me to my students, their families and my communities. So please, stop on by my office and let’s see, as Dr. Seuss said--’Oh, the places you’ll go’.”