Educator, Advocate, Lawyer
For 5 years Tanya had the incredible experience of teaching sixth grade English and History at Stephen White Middle School. As a middle school teacher she witnessed first hand the challenges and opportunities teachers face in helping our children reach their full potential. This is why she will be unrelenting in her fight to make sure educators and school staff have the resources needed to set students up for academic and personal success.
For the last six years, she has led the implementation of restorative justice and social-emotional learning at 19 LA Unified schools through teacher leadership, professional learning, and a team approach. She has also been in coalition with families, partners, and educators to advocate for more equitable funding and restorative approaches in LAUSD, resulting in an improved Student Equity Needs Index to allocate resources based on a holistic understanding of student needs.
As a law student at UCLA, she studied critical race theory and public interest law and policy, created the Education Law Society and served as the co-chair for La Raza Law Students Association, promoting racial and social justice through public service. She also worked part-time with the Partnership for LA Schools on educator growth and development, coaching teachers and principals to improve adult learning rather than meet the minimum compliance requirements. After graduation, she was a special education attorney at Mental Health Advocacy Services, helping students and families access the support they deserved.
Tanya is running for school board to accelerate a community-driven, expertly-supported approach to budgeting and decision-making so that all students graduate prepared to thrive in the college and career of their choice.