Ruth Luevanos is a social studies teacher, department chair and lead teacher at Pacoima Middle School. She left public interest law to help promote social justice in the classroom as a teacher working with at-risk students in K-12 schools in Los Angeles. She was honored as the Middle School Teacher of the Year by the National Council for Geography Education where she was also a presenter at the annual conference. She is on the Board of Directors for the California Council for Social Studies where she chairs the Committee for Diversity and Social Justice. National Board Certified in social studies, Ruth is passionate about promoting civic education, college and career preparation skills and parental involvement at the K-12 schools where she has worked. Ruth graduated from George Washington University with a BA in criminal justice, earned her JD from Loyola Law School, and a MA in instructional leadership from Argosy University.