Mardene Esparza graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from San Diego State University. After graduation she continued her volunteer work in supporting British and American military children who were stationed abroad. In 2013 she graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, with the concentration of working with children and families. Mardene has experience working with diverse populations which include military and kinship families, children and adolescents with social, emotional, and behavioral issues. In 2013 Mardene began serving the South East area of San Diego by providing behavioral support services to students at various schools throughout the community. She began her career with SAY San Diego as a Student Advocate for The O’Farrell Charter School in 2015. Mardene recognizes the importance of collaborating with families, school, and accessing community resources are all key in achieving student success.