Elizabeth Villanueva is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Elizabeth is a 9th-12th grade Spanish teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento. She leads an after-school program called New-Age Latinas, which teaches young Latinas strategies for success, healthy choices, and navigating the world of secondary and post-secondary education. She also leads a support group for DACA recipients and undocumented students. Elizabeth has spent most of her tenure at Burbank as the World Language department chair and she has received numerous awards including Sacramento City Unified Teacher of the Year, California Teachers Association Equity and Human Rights Award, Cesar Chavez Sí Se Puede Human Rights Award, and was named a National Education Association Social Justice Activist Award finalist. Elizabeth has a BA and Teaching Credential from CSU Stanislaus, an MA from CSU Sacramento, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Education, Learning & Instruction at the University of San Francisco.