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B.S. in Elementary Education, Illinois State University, M.S. in Community Counseling, at University of Scranton. During her years in Illinois, she worked collaboratively with Catholic Social Services to establish the first Latino Girls Scout Troop. While in pursuit of her master’s degree, Brenda Rivera served as a Student Support Specialist for the Northeast Migrant Education Program. In this role, she was an educational advocate for the E.L.L. population. Brenda also served as a case manager for E.O.T.C. and collaborated with the Program Manager to develop and implement a Mentoring Program for Scranton School District. Following her completion of her master’s degree, Brenda provided individual and group counseling for children, adolescents, and adults. Upon graduation, Brenda relocated to Florida, followed by New York, serving as an Academic Intervention teacher in both locations. Currently, she teaches sixth grade ELA at Lola Rodriguez de Tio Middle School.