Anndrea Fernandez is a California native who grew up in Southern California and moved to sunny Santa Cruz, CA to attend UCSC. After graduating with high honors from UCSC with her degree in English Language Literature, including an emphasis in both History and Theater, she took three years off from school to work for a plane ticket so she could travel and explore. She has had the great privilege of visiting 15 countries (there’s a prize for anyone who can guess them all) and her trusty backpack has the wear and tear to prove it! She believes that reaching outside of your comfort zone to discover humanity in as many places as possible is one of life’s greatest joys. This core belief is what lead her into teaching at a very young age. She comes from a long line of educators and has been tutoring or mentoring professionally since she was 11 years old. Some would say teaching is in her bones.