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Learning Specialists

Learning Specialist Services

In addition to all the great  circulating resources, classroom and curricular materials, HERC staffs a team of certificated learning specialists available to help teachers improve their practice.  Whether you need new strategies to enrich your instruction, assistance taking an assignment online, librarian services or recommendations for high-quality resources, don’t hesitate to contact us!


Agustín Amaro (ELL, ELD) is passionate about integrative learning. The most fulfilling learning takes place when we, as learners, are allowed to pursue our interests! After nine years of teaching at an Immersion school in Arcata and helping with its development, he is currently a Learning Specialist for English Language Learner programs at the Humboldt County Office of Education. In this role he has the opportunity to facilitate professional collaboration, assist with applying technology to learning and teaching, support educators using ELD strategies to promote proven approaches that further students’ progress, help educators communicate with their Spanish-speaking community members and help celebrate our multilingual students with Humboldt County’s Biliteracy Seal program.



Ryan Keller (Library Media and Mathematics) is equal parts math and library lover. As a former high school teacher and school librarian, Ryan’s educational background includes mathematics, ELA, technology, philosophy and creative writing.  She is passionate about authentic, inquiry-based education and all things cross-curricular.  In addition to her work with the learning specialist team, she is also the credentialed library media specialist for HCOE.  Today more than ever school libraries can play a crucial role not only in fostering reading development and appreciation, but in developing students as creators, collaborators and critical thinkers. She would be thrilled to work with you supporting libraries, literacies, meaningful technology integration and mathematics education.



Rosie Slentz (ELA, Reading and Science) gets to work with educators across the county, facilitating learning communities, providing professional development, and promoting strategies that support integrated learning as a Learning Specialist for HCOE. Rosie holds a BA in Psychology from UC Irvine, a MA in Applied Anthropology from HSU, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at University of New England. Rosie’s past work experiences include adult ELL, multiple subject teaching, and some time restoring vintage dresses and baking pastries. Two of Rosie’s favorite topics are food systems education and teacher wellness. Her eyes also light up when talking about dinner parties, velvet, and Google Apps…



Colby Smart (Ed Tech, Social Studies) is a long time educator currently working at the Humboldt County Office of Education as the Coordinator of Learning Support Services. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Education Leadership Program at Humboldt State University. He has a passion for EdTech integration and the potential it holds for personalizing learning for every child. Colby holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University and Bachelor’s degree in History from Humboldt State. He is currently working on his Doctorate at the University of New England and has been a national digital coach for the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF), a Washington D.C. education think tank. Finally, he holds Google Educator Certifications in Apps and Chrome.



Stacy Young (Visual and Performing Arts) has been an elementary and middle school music and theater teacher since 1992. She began teaching in San Luis Obispo County in which her middle school choirs traveled all over CA and to England and France. She and her family moved to Humboldt in 2006. She taught music at Trinidad School until 2012 when she joined the county office as the Early Literacy Liaison. Currently, she is HCOE’s Visual & Performing Arts Program Manager and Region 1 Arts Lead for CCSESA. She enjoys facilitating professional development for educators and student arts programs like Reserved SEATS and the All County Music Festival. Stacy earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership about STEAM education from Humboldt State University in July of 2017.


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