Erika DeLaRosa is a 7th grade English/language arts teacher and department chair at Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk in Houston, Texas. She prioritizes knowing and honoring the varied experiences and cultures of her students to ensure that they are exposed to curriculum that validates, inspires, and empowers them. Her experience includes teaching 6th grade English/language arts and 6th grade English as a second language. She was selected as a 2021-2022 Latinos for Education Teacher fellow. Erika serves as a campus union steward for the Houston Federation of Teachers, and works with Latinos for Education and Leadership of Educational Equity to pursue more just policies to support the education of all children. She earned her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and ELA/SS 4-8 teaching credential from Texas A&M University, College Station, and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Houston, Downtown.