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Rosalyn Overstreet-Gonzalez,
Mrs. Gonzalez also served as the legal recruiter training coordinator of the Agency’s Parole Division. Mrs. Gonzalez is a member of the Bars of the Districtof Columbia and Pennsylvania. In October 2015, she was sworn into the Bar of the United States Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts. Ms. Gonzalez believes that integrity, determination and perseverance are keys to success and believes that ALL students deserve the help that is needed to reach their future goals.

Mrs. Gonzalez is a member of the Board of Directors of the Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP), the nonprofit community board for the school. She is married to Mr. Pablo A. Gonzalez and is the mother of two adult sons.
Mrs. Rosalyn Overstreet Gonzalez, a mother, community activist and criminal defense attorney, is a native of Southern California. Mrs. Gonzalez received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish Linguistics from Howard University in 1986. During her years at Howard, she was an exchange student to La Universidad de San Juan De La Penitencia, in Toledo, Spain, where she studied Spanish heritage. In 1993, Mrs. Gonzalez graduated from the District of Columbia School of Law, where she earned a Juris Doctor Degree.

Mrs. Gonzalez is a strong believer in public service. While in law school, she performed hundreds of clinical hours volunteering as a student attorney in the areas of housing and consumer law and on behalf of persons with HIV and AIDS. Following her graduation from law school, Mrs. Gonzalez accepted a position in the Prisoner’s Rights Program of the Public Defender Service for the District. Later, she joined the Special Litigation Division, specializing in Parole Revocation proceedings.
Bell Multicultural High School serves students in grades 9-12 and is the upper division of the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC). CHEC is a bilingual, world cultures and early-college campus in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

CHEC serves 1,400 students in grades 6-12, 100% of whom qualify for free and reduced price lunch. CHEC is 63% Hispanic, 33% Black, 2% Asian, 1% White, and 1% from other ethnicities.

CHEC’s mission is to develop college-ready, technologically fluent and competent graduates who are articulate in multiple languages, familiar withthe global economy, ready to serve as cultural ambassadors, and poised to lead their communities in the quest for social justice.

CHEC is joined in this effort by its nonprofit partner, Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP), a community-based 501(c)(3) entity that operates special programs in support of the students at CHEC.

  • 100% of the Class of 2016 received college acceptance letters

  • 17 Advanced Placement courses offered

  • 3 seniors received George Washington University’s all expenses paid Trachtenberg Scholarship

  • 2 seniors received the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which pays for undergrad through PhD.

  • #1 ranking in the 2016 Washington Post Challenge Index as D.C’s most rigorous college preparatory program for low-income students

  • #1 ranked hospitality academy by the National Academy Foundation.
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