Erika Leal was born in Tampico, a Mexican port city in the northeast of Mexico. She received her Bachelor's Degree in English Language in 2015 from the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas. She went on to earn certifications for teaching from Arizona State University in 2016 and the University of South Carolina in 2019. She knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was six years old, and she has taught for the last eleven years. Her career as a teacher has included teaching kindergarten, primary school, high school, and at two universities in her city. Erika loves traveling around her country. Her goal is to travel to all 32 states in Mexico. She also likes rollerblading, doing 1,000-piece puzzles, and learning German and French.