In 2000 while still a junior in high school, Gilbert H. Cardenas started working with children in an after school program. During this time, he tutored elementary and middle school children. He also cultivated his multimedia skills to create student-led films and newsletters. These skills were also used to market the after school program through printed materials, graphic design, videos, and websites. In over 9 years, Gilbert acquired leadership positions and responsibilities & was involved in community projects and efforts.
In 2009, Gilbert moved to San Francisco, CA and began teaching in early childhood education in a Head Start program. There he began working with 3-5 year olds from numerous cultural backgrounds and languages. When he wasn’t teaching, Gilbert was involved in advocacy work. He gave speeches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area promoting the importance of preschool. In 2012, he served as an American ambassador for Early Childhood Education at a global summit in London. Additionally, Gilbert acquired a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University.
In 2015, Gilbert moved to Pittsburgh, PA. He currently works as a community college professor teaching early childhood education courses. Gilbert continues his work as an early childhood advocate, getting involved with early childhood centers, community projects, and higher education.
Gilbert lives with his wife Kaitlyn and two children. Beyond his professional life, he enjoys photography, making videos, traveling, books, museums, and caffeinated beverages.