Nelrica Mosqueda is the cornerstone of family, community and school connections and engagement at Dearborn Park PreK-5 School. As School Relations Coordinator, she has initiated and staffed multiple programs that welcome and engage the great diversity of Dearborn’s families as volunteers in the school and as “teachers” to their students at home. She’s established family and community events in five languages to ensure all families understand and can access the programs and resources they need. Nelrica is deeply rooted in the community and draws on her many relationships to provide funding and resources that greatly benefit students, families and her school. She launched Dearborn’s first PTSA seven years ago which has grown from a membership of three to over 70 this year. She has been honored and awarded by her school and Seattle Public Schools and has received awards of recognition from Johns Hopkins for outstanding family engagement work. Rica is the proud mother of a Seattle Public Schools’ graduate who is studying now at the UW with plans to become a Seattle Public School Teacher.