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Karolina Villagrana is an assistant principal at STRIVE Preparatory- Federal, a middle school in the South West Denver community that consist largely of low-income Latino families and where the inequality of education is prevalent. In her role she provides instructional coaching, leads professional development, and maintains a strong student culture to support a rigorous learning environment. Additionally, she works collaboratively with parents through community meetings and parent workshops so they may become active participant in their child’s education. Prior to STRIVE Preparatory, Karolina was a founding teacher of second and third grade math at Rocketship Education, Alma Academy. Karolina Villagrana aims to open an elementary school in South West Denver where she can establish an environment that contributes the development of teachers and will lead towards students’ academic success.