Abril Dozal
4th Grade Teacher, KIPP SoCal Public Schools

Abril Dozal teaches fourth grade at KIPP Raíces Academy, which was ranked by Innovate Public Schools in 2019 as the top elementary school serving Latinx students from low-income backgrounds. Prior to teaching fourth grade, she taught special education with Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and Rocketship Education. She is now in her seventh year of teaching.

Abril decided to become a teacher after reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire and realizing the role that education can have in disrupting or reinforcing inequity. This realization was rooted in her lived experiences, having grown up with undocumented parents in Las Vegas, and later attending Columbia University in the City of New York. After graduating, she joined Teach For America and moved to Los Angeles.

As a classroom teacher, Abril has become increasingly aware of the systemic challenges that impact families and perpetuate the cycles of poverty. In an effort to do more to combat social injustices, Abril joined the Urban Leaders Fellowship in Denver in the summer of 2019. There, she spent part of her time working for State Representative Leslie Herod on legislation to reform prisons in the state of Colorado. Abril, along with her team, proposed policy initiatives that would make telecommunications more accessible for inmates and their loves ones; as well as policy to increase transparency in the private prison industry. For the rest of the program, Abril consulted with Rocky Mountain Prep on the charter school narrative presented in the current political climate.

Abril double majored in Human Rights and Hispanic Studies at Columbia University. She also earned a master's degree in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University. She is a member of Leaders for Educational Equity, as well as the Democratic Socialists of America. In her free time, Abril enjoys training for half-marathons, camping in national parks, and visiting museums.