My name is Maria Sanchez and I am excited to be entering my second year of teaching at Summit Academy as this years 8th Grade U.S. History and Spanish teacher. I am a proud Angelino. I was born and raised in Boyle Heights, California a small community in the East Los Angeles area until I moved to Santa Barbara, California to pursue my Bachelors in History and Chicano/a Studies. After completing my undergraduate career, I joined the national teaching corps, Teach for America and moved to New York last year. I am currently in my last year of my Master’s program and Americorps service year.