Wendy Rivera

KIPP SoCal Teacher Residency at Alder GSE

Resident, Cohort 2019–2020
Residency Placement: KIPP Raices Academy
Mentor: Heather Lynch
Special mention: KIPP alum

What is your hometown? San Diego, California

What college did you attend? San Diego State University

What degree did you earn? BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Mathematics

What inspired you to teach? I want all students, especially students of color, to feel loved, supported, and cared for and to feel joy while in school so they know they are capable of following their dreams.

Why did you choose Alder’s Teacher Residency program? I chose Alder because it allowed me to give back to the school community that made the most impact in my life. I also liked the idea of having a mentor to guide me if I ever felt like I needed help.