Elizabeth Cabrera, daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico, is a southeast LA native who believes in the power of family engagement to strengthen the academic success of students. In her current role as Director of Programs at PowerMyLearning, she works toward providing quality support for teachers and families at Title I schools to create an optimal learning environment for students in underserved communities.
Elizabeth’s work in public education and the non-profit sector began 9 years ago as a Program Coordinator for an education non-profit in Jalisco, Mexico. She then taught kinder and third grade in Boyle Heights as a Teach for America corps member supporting the school with the founding of their third grade class and the development of Common Core aligned curriculum and family workshops. As a Science-Spanish teacher in Huntington Park, Elizabeth helped develop third grade Next Generation Science Standards aligned curriculum and had the opportunity to teach at a school where her own niece and nephew attended. In July 2018, she co-presented the session “Beyond the Parent Portal: Engaging All Families in Classroom Learning” at the National Family & Community Engagement Conference to an international audience.
Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Spanish Literature from Harvard College and a master’s in Urban Education with a focus on Language and Culture from Loyola Marymount University. On her days off, you can find Elizabeth organizing fundraisers to support projects in San José de Gracia, Jalisco (the small town in Mexico where her parents are from), watching soccer games (she tried playing, but that didn’t turn out so well) or playing with her cute little niece.