Erika hails from Panama City, Panama (Central America). Well-known for the Panama Canal, its great biodiversity, and its diverse population. In 2011, she discovered her passion for teaching when she started working at the International School of Panama (ISP) as a Science Lab Technician. There, she worked for almost 5 years at mid and high school levels. Then, pursuing new professional challenges, she moved to México, where she had the opportunity to perform her final year internship in ArcelorMittal (one of the world's leading steel and mining companies) and then receiving a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from El Tecnológico Nacional de México – Instituto Tecnológico de Lázaro Cárdenas (ITLAC).
Erika loves to co-create ideas with her colleagues and students to enable the best learning outcomes from science lab activities. She considers that hands-on activities, such as experiments and experimental projects among others, are important for nurturing students' curiosity, fostering deeper engagement and a proper understanding of lessons. She is looking forward to completing her masters degree over the next few years.