Lyzette Garza is a social justice educator who works with students, families, and school leaders to raise awareness around issues of equity and inclusion. After working in schools in Nashville for seven years in roles such as a teacher, dean of students, curriculum writer, and instructional coach, Lyzette knows what is at the heart of educational equity, and what it takes to develop the next generation of leaders both inside and outside of the classroom. Lyzette believes that teaching through a culturally responsive curriculum and working alongside leaders of color at the decision-making table is at the core of educational equity.
Lyzette has worked in developing DEI focused curriculum for Valor Collegiate Academies, served as a curriculum consultant for the Nashville Civic Design Center, and has trained new teachers around restorative and culturally responsive practices for Teach for America. Lyzette has also been a part of a Justice Fellowship, Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellowship, and Promise54 Accelerator program. She was awarded The Sustainable Teacher Award in 2017 by Urban Green Lab for her year-long project around civic engagement. She is currently the DEI
Chair at Valor Collegiate Academies. Lyzette holds a BA in sociology and political science from Baylor University.