Javier Valera has been a member of Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) since 2008. In 2013, he took a more active role through outreach to new Latino families, which led to the creation of the Latino Group in October 2014. Javier joined the DSNMC Board in December 2014, became vice president in April 2016 and president in 2018.
Javier is originally from Madrid, Spain. He graduated from the University of La Salle in Madrid in 1999. As part of his time at university: Javier collaborated with the Department of Psychopedagogy, obtained the Diploma of Camp Assistant, received a degree of honor in Reading Motivation Strategies, and traveled to the Netherlands to learn more about education. He also received a scholarship from the European Union to finish his studies in Sweden. He taught in Spain until he came to teach in the United States in 2004.
Javier first worked in the District of Columbia public schools as an ESL and Spanish teacher until 2011. In 2011, he began working as an elementary school teacher at the E.W. Stokes bilingual charter school and in 2016 Javier began to work as math teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools. Javier has three children: Carlos, Carolina and Daniel, who has Down syndrome. In his free time, Javier likes to explore new places with his wife, children and his dog. He loves to draw, watch movies, and relax with a nice cup of coffee.