About Reina Cabezas
As a Bay Area adopted native, it is an honor to become a part of the FabLearn Fellows program and hope to make it family. I came to the Bay from Nicaragua as a political refugee like many of my students and their families today. Sharing that experience of struggle and resistance and designing learning opportunities that help them shape their own counternarratives is in itself an act of resistance. As a 6th grade Maker Educator at Epic Charter Academy in the heart of Oakland's Fruitvale district, I'm lucky to be part of a Design and Engineering department that values honoring those past and present legacies: explicitly making Ethnic Studies a pillar through which we create curriculum. Lastly, as a mother of two beautifully creative teenage men, I pour my heart, mind, and spirit into teaching and learning our way toward an empathetic and compassionate world, reclaiming their space and duty to defend land and life.