received her B.A. in Spanish from St. Edward’s University, and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Texas State University, where she is working to complete her PhD in Education with an emphasis in School Improvement. Her research interests include principal leadership, issues of equity and access for students of color, and educational policy. She is a former school principal and currently, serves a large urban school district as a school facilitator. As a principal, Patricia was recognized by the Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership Program. She is a University Council for Educational Administration Barbara L. Jackson Scholar.