Mrs. Figueroa's passion for education came in her senior year of college when she worked in an after school program with the Long Beach YMCA. She comes from a long line of educators, and when she started working with students in Long Beach she tapped into her passion for social justice and discovered a new passion for youth development. In the years since she first started working with the YMCA, Mrs. Figueroa continued to work in the field of Youth Development at a number of non-profits, including some time as an instructional aid and after school team leader at Equitas Academy in 2010. Mrs. Figueroa is excited to rejoin the Equitas Academy family as a founding member our newest Middle School campus Equitas Academy 4. Mrs. Figueroa is passionate about creating hands-on projects to enrich scholar's academic experience and create youth leadership opportunities for the scholars at EQ 4. In the near future, she hopes to continue her own education through pursuing a Master’s in Education or Organizational Leadership. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family and food!