Meet the Reading/Language Arts Team



Leslie Zoroya
is a Coordinator III for Reading/Language Arts in the Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Leslie serves as a member of the CA State Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee subcommittee for Language Arts, was the lead author of the 2008 Reading/Language Arts Adoption Toolkit, and has lead many Distinguished Schools, Gold Ribbon and Program Quality Review teams. Leslie was selected by the CDE to be a Content Review Expert for the 2015 English Language Arts/English Language Development Primary Adoption.


She also spent five years working on a special literacy project in the LACOE juvenile court schools, implementing reading intervention programs at 17 probation camps and starting dorm, school and classroom libraries for students. She wrote curriculum, coached teachers and monitored three new literacy based programs in the division.


Leslie is also the coordinator of the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee. She began the competition fifteen years ago and has grown the program to become a well-known and beloved yearly event in the county. She has written a District Spelling Bee Kit to assist school and district bee coordinators in planning and hosting spelling bees. She also began the Literacy Lifts Annual Conference three years ago and established the Beth Dalton Memorial Literacy Award, given for the first time in 2017.


Contact Information: or 562.922.6496



Mara Shinn Smith
is a Senior Program Specialist in the Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. She has over 20 years of experience as a Reading Intervention Specialist and classroom teacher. Mara has served as a literacy leader and maximized instructional capacity through professional development focused on foundational reading skills. 

Contact Information: or 562.401.5492



Silvia Trinidad 
is the Administrative Secretary to the Reading/Language Arts unit in the Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. She handles all registration for events and trainings hosted by the unit through our Online Management System (OMS). Silvia processes all payments, orders, accounts receivable, and invoicing for the unit. She also provides all of the photography services for the LA County Spelling Bee and Literacy Lifts Conference.


Contact Information: or 562.922.6348