Adriana Manzano is Mexican American. Her first language is Spanish. Her life has been heavily influenced by her culture, and she has grown up with all the customs and traditions of a first-generation household. Adriana received her BA in liberal studies with a minor in Spanish from CSU, Chico and her BCLAD from CSU, Sacramento. While working on earning her credential she joined a study abroad program where she lived in Queretaro, Mexico for a year. As an elementary school teacher, she has spent the majority of her career working in dual immersion programs.