Beatriz Banuelos is a humanities teacher at the Urban Assembly Academy of Civic Engagement, a middle school in the Bronx, NY. Civic is a New York City public school with a mission to promote college readiness while focusing on civic responsibility. Beatriz was the humanities department head/ teacher leader and a member of the instructional team. She received a B.A. in Social Science and B.A in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine in 2004 and expects a M. A. in Sociology from Brooklyn College in May 2012. Beatriz was a 2006 Teach for America corps member in the Rio Grande Valley, TX. Beatriz looks forward to joining her colleagues in the journey of self-reflection as future school building leader as part of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort.