Natalia Ortiz, a mother of two, and a Chilena-Riqueña native New Yorker was educated in the public schools of New York City and brings twelve years of experience as a classroom teacher, university professor, coach, mentor, organizer, writer, and trainer. She is a former founding social studies teacher at a transfer high school located in Brooklyn, NY. She has coached professors with the implementation of writing and student-centered pedagogy as a Writing Across Curriculum Fellow at LaGuardia Community College. In addition, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate students in Social Studies Education as part of the Curriculum and Teaching program at Hunter College.
Along with her work in schools and academic institutions, Natalia is a core member of the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE), a grassroots organization that fights for social justice inside and outside the classroom. As a core member, she is the co-coordinator of NYCoRE’s Annual Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAGs), teacher study groups that engage in one topic of interest and develop action projects, such as creating curriculum, resource guides, performances, etc. Natalia is a passionate educator and parent who believes change is necessary and possible in order to ensure equity for all children in New York City.
Natalia co-authored an article titled, Critical Professional Development: Centering the Social Justice Needs of Teachers, in the International Journal of Critical Pedagogy and is featured as one of the four teacher activists in Keith Catone’s recent book, The Pedagogy of Teacher Activism. She also has been invited to speak on panels, present papers/workshops, and give keynote addresses at academic institutions and conferences such as the American Education Research Association’s Annual Conference, Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Alumni of Color Conference, and Teachers College, to name a few. Natalia received her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University, her Master’s Degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is currently all but dissertation (ABD) in pursuit of her Ph.D. in Urban Education at The CUNY Graduate Center.