received her B.S. in Applied Learning and Development Early Childhood-4th grade Bilingual Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Advanced Literacy Instruction from Concordia University. Ms. Canela is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in education from Texas State University with an emphasis on school improvement. Her research interests are recognizing factors influencing the education of Latina students, and the formation of strong home-school relationships. Ms. Canela is an Elementary Bilingual educator who has experience teaching PK and 4th grade, and is currently a 2nd grade bilingual teacher. She plans to enter K-12 administration and ultimately become a university professor of future bilingual educators. As a researcher visiting Chile, she hopes to learn more about conducting critical discourse analysis in order to negotiate knowledge regarding educational equity from the lens of the research participants.