Raquel Alvara, M. Ed., Education Program Specialist-Educator & School Excellence, Arizona Department of Education (ADE): Raquel has years of experience within a variety of educational environments including public education, higher education, and state and federally funded education programs. She understands the importance in assisting and strengthening schools' practices to enhance student achievement. Raquel has partnered with Arizona Educational Foundation for the last five years serving as a participating judge of A+ School of Excellence. At the Department, she has taken on active roles in the following projects: Lead Facilitator of Family & Community Engagement Professional Developments, the Equitable & Inclusive Practices Advisory Council and the Latinx Advisory Council.