Juan Resendez is a 2022-2023 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow, and a civics, world history, and religions teacher at Portola High School in Irvine, California. He also serves as social studies department chair. Juan also led professional development while serving as a mentor for the Irvine Unified School District. Juan was named a Teacher of the Year at both Irvine (2011-2012) and Portola High Schools (2021-2022). Juan served as a congressional fellow for education in the Office of Congressman Ami Bera (2016). He is also an instructor of social studies methods in the University of California, Irvine’s MA in Teaching and Credential Program. He earned his BA in History, Single Subject Teaching Credential and MA in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton.