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Raquel Laguna

Vice President

I am in my 8th year of teaching 11th and 12th grade English at Animo Jackie Robinson. In addition to teaching, I have coached cross-country and Students Run Los Angeles, and currently serve as English Department Chair. I joined the organization in 2014, but got my start in teaching in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago through Teach for America from 2012-2014.  I studied English literature at the University of California Irvine and received my Masters of Arts in Teaching at Dominican University.


I became involved with AMU as a site rep for my school from 2017-2019. During this time, my passion for connecting with my colleagues became even stronger. I enjoyed listening to teachers and counselors express their concerns, and I never hesitated to communicate their needs to administrators and improve working conditions for teachers and students. In April of 2019, I volunteered to work on a grievance related to the English curriculum mandate. Since then, I’ve learned that defending our contract and representing teachers’ needs energizes my soul, and I wanted to serve AMU in a more impactful way. I am very excited to now represent all Green Dot teachers and Counselors as AMU Vice President, and I hope to energize and unite our membership during my term.


            The paths that lead me to union work started long before I began teaching. Two hardworking, generous, and optimistic dreamers raised me: my father, a long-time factory worker, and my mother, a nurse since the 1980s. Because of their status as immigrants who had to fight for everything they wanted, they taught my siblings and me to always fight for those who did not have the means, energy, or voice to engage with the powers that oppress them. I am so energized by the work that our union does, and I will always represent the concerns of our membership and fight for our contractual rights.