Amanda Calzada is a transitional bilingual kindergarten teacher who teaches in the heart of the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago, IL. She has been teaching kindergarten since 2013, serving low-income bilingual students in the community. She graduated Suma Cum Laude as a first-generation college student with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from DePaul University in 2013. She then earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and ESL from Olivet Nazarene University and graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2016. She was the first in her family to earn a master’s degree.