Lorena Gantiva

Hometown: Houston, Texas
University: UT Austin College of Education
Teaching Interest: Elementary Education

As a 4-year-old, Lorena and her siblings were moved by their parents from Brazil to Houston. Despite the difficult transition, Lorena worked hard and thrived in school, excelled at sports, and flourished as a leader in her Catholic Church. Lorena is an avid learner, always looking for new ways to engage her future students.

Lorena believes great teachers have the ability to improvise and adapt to meet the needs of each and every child. Although she will only have her students for one year, Lorena intends to develop relationships with her students that will last throughout their entire educational journey.

"There are always going to be barriers in life, but no one can take away your education."
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