Hola todos! My name is Elena Gutierrez and I am overjoyed to be a part of the HTeM learning community. I grew up in South Bay San Diego and I identify as a Mexican/Chicanx cisgender woman who understands my social positionality and the work that I must continue doing to dismantle racist, monocultural, monolingual, heteronormative and patriarchal spaces while also amplifying BIPOC voices. A little bit about my educational background: I am a 1st generation college graduate. I attended San Diego State University where I received both my Bachelors of Arts degree and my bilingual multiple-subject teaching credential. I am currently continuing my studies at SDSU where I am on track to earn my Masters of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis on Language Arts. GO AZTECS! I’m a dog momma, so in my spare time you can find me walking my 3 year old bulldog while exploring some community events and trying out some delicious new foods.