Fina-Mariah Ruiz portrait

Fina-Mariah Ruiz ’20 became Hanover’s first teacher-candidate to attend the National Education Association for Minority and Women's Leadership Training Seminar.

The training seminar, held Dec. 6-8 in Los Angeles, helps prepare early career educators and emerging leaders to be advocates for their students and profession. The hands-on training curriculum teaches foundational leadership skills, approaches for engaging in constructive conversations about racial justice issues and strategies for coalition building around those issues.

Ruiz, an elementary education major and Spanish minor, was invited to the conference by the Indiana State Teachers Association. A member of Alpha Delta Pi, she also participates with the Hanover Student Education Association and Indiana Student Education Association, serves as Spanish Club president and is Latino Student Union secretary.

This winter, she will complete her student teaching at a Spanish-immersion elementary school in central Indiana.