Dr. Margarita Ruiz Guerrero, Assistant Professor, earned her MS in ECE and an EC-6 Bilingual Certification at the University of North Texas. She worked as a preschool teacher at the University of North Texas Child Development Lab and earned her Ph.D. in ECE from New Mexico State University. Her 2019 dissertation is, Nutrition in early childhood: A Black feminist analysis of Head Start. Her interests are in connecting theory to the lived experiences of students and she engages in innovative projects such as using gardening as the context of integrated learning. She is interested in young children and wellness and began her academic career with a BS in Nutrition in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. She also describes her interests as: marginalized feminist perspectives, social justice, multicultural education, critical pedagogies and bilingual education.