Ms. Moningka is looking forward to joining the Equitas Academy team as a first grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year! She believes that all scholars deserve an education that is culturally relevant and is committed to teach towards appreciation for the community that is Pico-Union. It is Ms. Moningka’s goal to set up all scholars for success, by being ready for and graduating from college! She loves working with youth, helping them excel academically and continue to love and respect themselves, as well as their Equitas peers and teachers. Ms. Moningka was born and raised in Glendale, CA and earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge. She then received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from University of San Francisco, while pursuing an M.A. in Urban Education and Social Justice. Ms. Moningka previously taught Kindergarten in Oakland and has experience working as an instructional aid, as well as student teaching in both charter and public elementary schools throughout Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is very happy to be back in beautiful Los Angeles County. During her free time, Ms. Moningka loves spending time with her family and friends, going to live music shows, and running around the city.