Carla Gonzalez is a Ph.D. student in the College of Education's Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program with an emphasis in Schools, Culture, and Society. She received her BA in Spanish and Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa and her MSEd in Education with TESOL certification from Western Illinois University. She is an experienced K-12 and college-level teacher. She studied in Costa Rica during her undergraduate and graduate programs. Her research interests include the history of educational experiences of Midwestern Latinos in both K-12 and higher educational settings, the development and enrichment of Latino studies programs, and Latina women in education.