Prior to becoming a teacher, Ms. Pena earned her MD in Medicine and Surgery from the National University of Columbia and worked in the surgery department of the St. Ignatius Hospital in Bogota for 11 years.
She received her MS degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University in Chicago, and completed her student teaching at Prosser High School where she went on to teach math, biology and chemistry full time, concentrating specifically on working with ESL students.
She also served as a bilingual pre-K, kindergarten, and 2nd grade teacher at Lloyd Elementary School for 6 years, and has taught GED and Spanish classes at City Colleges of Chicago. She currently also volunteers as a biophysics tutor for students at UIC.
In her free time, she is a proud mother supporting her children's’ dream to represent Colombia on their national soccer team. She would like earn her National Board Teacher Certification soon and finish her master’s degree in Special Education.