Diana Ortiz was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She began her career teaching High School History in 2005. As the years went by, she felt something was missing in the formation of kids during the years where they develop social skills and empathy. That’s when she went back to college to pursue a second degree in education. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in Elementary Education from the Universidad Ana G. Mendez in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, in June 2015. That summer, she and her family made their way to make Minnesota their new home. She loves to teach kids all about taking care of their emotional needs and developing a classroom community. She gets to know each and every student in her class, making sure she creates a connection that helps students feel engaged with their learning. That way, the classroom community belongs to everyone in that space. “When students feel safe and cared for”, says Milia,”learning happens naturally. Each day is a chance to grow!!”. When she’s not in the classroom, she can be found doing something with her family. She treasures playing board and video games, going on adventures and sharing meals with her family and friends. She shares her life with her husband, two kids (a middle schooler and a third-grader), two dogs and a cat.