B.A. in Ethnic Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Ed.M in Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University. Monica began her career over 10 years ago teaching 7th and 8th grade social studies and language arts in Phoenix, AZ through the Teach for America program. She is currently a 6th grade teacher at The School at Columbia University, an independent school in New York. She teaches social studies and is a 6th grade advisor. Monica aspires to return to her hometown of El Paso, TX. She hopes to open a school where culture, community and language are embedded in the curriculum and students see themselves in what they learn.