Lydia A. Gutierrez, M.A.


Lydia has a strong work ethic inherited from her grandparents, who as migrant farm workers, worked fields across the U.S. to support the family. Her father, a former longshoreman in San Pedro (ILWU Local 13) for 25 years, was disabled due to a car accident. Lydia’s mom, a San Pedro native, raised the family with help of her husband and support from disability insurance. Her grandfather helped build the San Pedro Courthouse and her great-grandmother worked in the Fish Canneries on Terminal Island.

Lydia has spent her entire life in the Harbor Area, blessed with very strong values of dignity and respect, and giving service to the community. She has been a school teacher and has worked in the business sector while successfully pursuing advanced levels of education to further her passion for education.

Lydia’s love for education has led her to earn the following achievements:

    • Pepperdine University Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts
    • Cal State University at Dominguez Hills Masters Degree in Multicultural Bilingual Education
    • Master Teacher for UCLA’s Math Project Center X
    • Credentialed in Multiple Subjects K-12
    • Credentialed in Bilingual Education
    • Fellow from Cal State Long Beach in the Writing Project
    • Lecturer for the Los Angeles County Teachers Mathematics Association


Lydia has been committed to the welfare of others since she was a child. At age 12, she began teaching a Sunday School class for elementary children, visited lonely senior citizens, and helped neighbors with chores.

As a professional educator, Lydia dedicated two years to teaching in Columbia, South America. After returning to the U.S., she retained her commitment for the needy. Lydia spent seven more years during her spring, summer, and holiday breaks committed to giving humanitarian aid to the street children of Colombia, as well as working with local orphanages. She also spent time in the Philippines providing humanitarian help.

Lydia’s professional career began as a teacher, but after her father’s death she temporarily left the field to increase her ability to help her family. She worked in the aerospace field as an administrator for the F/A 18 Radar and later as an acting supervisor in Cost Estimating for the Bradley Tank parts division. She then left the field and was able to return to her passion, joy, and love of teaching.

Lydia has also been active in her hometown of San Pedro. She served seven years as an elected Board Member on the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. She currently serves on the Education Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee. She is also Chair of the Cultural Committee.

Contact: Lydia4education@gmail.com