Abigail Baiza is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Senior Policy Fellow who teaches 2nd and 3rd grade social studies at IDEA Monterrey Park Academy on the west side of San Antonio, Texas. Abigail proudly teaches in the community she grew up in and has attained Master Teacher recognition for her expertise in kindergarten literacy at IDEA Monterrey Park Academy. As an IDEA Teacher Policy and Leadership Program member, Abigail led a push to increase certification for charter school teachers. She is a first-generation graduate with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University. She also completed her M. Ed in Education Policies and Leadership Studies with the University of Texas at Arlington.