Yazmín Méndez Bonet was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She has been a secondary English teacher for the past fourteen years in the island’s public school system, having the opportunity to teach all grades from 6- 12th. She completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla in Teaching English as a Second Language in the Secondary Level with Multimedia Technology and a master’s degree in English Education at the UPR Mayagüez.  As part of her professional development, Yazmín had the opportunity to be part of the MayaWest Writing Project affiliated with the National Writing Project. Also participated in the Pilar Barbosa Internship in Washington, D.C. in 2012. She is currently studying a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a sub-concentration in Instructional Technology.  Through the years she has collaborated with Poetry Out Loud as a coordinator of the school competition and has been a mentor for student- teachers in their teaching practice. Because of her teaching experience, she believes that attending the diversity of students in the classroom can be a great challenge, nonetheless, using literature that is provoking, in which children can find themselves represented, and explore otherness can help to confront it. Also, allowing students to be part of multidisciplinary projects that allow them to have holistic experiences is significant to them and influences in their journey.