Isabel Galvez Lara is the Director of the Student Engagement Services Department at YouthBuild Charter School of CA serving young people ages 16-24 at 20 community school sites in Los Angeles County and some of its surrounding counties. Isabel was born and raised in Lennox, CA and is the first person in her family to earn a college degree. Isabel holds a Masters in Education from University of California: Los Angeles’ Teacher Education Program and is currently pursing an administrative credential and Masters in School Leadership through the School Leadership Program at California State University: Dominguez Hills.
Isabel’s personal experience as a student in Los Angeles schools is the foundation upon which she has developed her own pedagogical practice to support the holistic development of people by beginning with a deep understanding of one’s self and one’s place in the world. Isabel firmly believes that by creating the space and exposure opportunities for young people to dream, be curious and explore we can host a holistic approach to education and youth development that transforms schooling to transformative learning. During her time at YouthBuild Charter, Isabel has served as a lead teacher, as an interdisciplinary instructional coach, and now she serves the school as the director of the S.E.S. Department.
Isabel’s is committed to providing students and staff with enriching experiences in the process of learning as a community so we may all transform the reality we see - into the future we dream about.