As a K-12 practitioner and political scientist, I am interested in the intersection of theory and practice as it relates to improving postsecondary education access and success for minoritized students. Drawing on my decade of experience as a classroom educator and school leader, my research interests focus on issues of equity in the P-16 educational pipeline, and the roles macro-level (state reforms) and micro-level (classroom practices) policies play in shaping student success outcomes. I frequently employ mixed methods in my work, and specialize in econometric and historiographical approaches to analysis. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minors in Biological Sciences and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Chicago, as well as a Master’s degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio and am a graduate of the Urban School Leaders Collaborative at UTSA.
USC Rossier Dean's Research Grant $5000, 2021: Principal Investigator for Funding the Future: Understanding Youth Researcher Experiences Addressing Racialized Inequities in Community Capital Access with Co-PI Jaymon Ortega
Master Teacher, San Antonio Independent School District, 2017-2018
Teach For America/XITO Institute Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellowship, 2014-2015
Brackenridge Foundation Scholarship, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2012
Odyssey Scholarship, University of Chicago, 2008-2010
Phi Beta Kappa Community Scholarship, Swarthmore College, 2006
McCabe Scholarship Alternate, Swarthmore College, 2006