Born and raised in Los Angeles, California to immigrant parents from both Peru and Mexico and a product of the LAUSD schools. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a minor in Psychology and has worked as a designer in large architectural firms and as an urban designer in international firms. She has designed new and innovative K-12, mainly High School environments. As an urban designer, she has been part of large-scale community projects in places like Guatemala and Ireland. Her view on design experiences has led her to a Learn-by doing model in the classroom, a more hands-on approach. She brings all her industry experience to the classroom, teaching students college and career readiness, and training students to function much like in any office environment. Her compassion for the community has driven her to volunteer with organizations in taking her expertise to aid in disaster relief efforts in Mississippi, New Jersey, Peru, and Japan. Mentoring youth at Dorothy Kirby Correctional Facility eventually led her to a new found passion for teaching and mentoring teens and leading her to LASGS for her teaching experience. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking and sketching.