Teresa Ayala Leon

KIPP Public Schools Northern California

Teresa Ayala Leon will graduate from KIPP King Collegiate in California’s Bay Area. As a first-generation Latina, she values the privilege of education and has consistently sought opportunities to share it with others. She is passionate about tutoring, has taught English to students in Hong Kong, and studied Advanced Placement Biology. Teresa continuously resisted gender norms in her community and advocated for the recognition of the women in her family. She is passionate about cooking and developed MealsForTheMind.com, a food blog that focuses on mental wellness through nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new restaurants and walking with her Maltipoo. Teresa aims to study journalism and become a food writer.