Lorena Guillen is a doctoral candidate in teacher education at the University of Washington. Before returning to graduate studies, Lorena served for six years as an English teacher at John Muir High School in Pasadena, CA. She helped build cross-curricular, project-based units of instruction and was particularly invested in family engagement through the Puente project. She implemented a culturally responsive pedagogy specific to the Latin@ community in the surrounding greater Los Angeles area. Her research and teaching interests include partnerships between teacher education programs and the communities they serve, social justice teaching and policy, and the recruitment and retention of teachers of color.