Willow was born and raised in the not-so-large southwestern city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Being a first generation college student, Willow had trouble navigating the college-going process, but she knew college was right for her. In an effort to escape her hometown for a completely new experience, she decided to attend college far away from home. She discovered Hampshire College with the help of her counselor, and she fell in love with the alternative style of education. At Hampshire, Willow learned more about herself than she could have ever imagined, including her passion for education. After taking a course about the inequity of the U.S. education system, the school-to-prison pipeline, and surveying aspects of student belonging, Willow had a revelation about her career goals and pursued teacher licensure.
Willow has always loved the arts, and deeply values the arts for educational purposes. In her undergraduate degree, Willow focused on visual arts education for children, obtaining her Visual Arts license in K-8 grade through Mount Holyoke's teacher preparation program. Willow felt so accepted, supported, and validated in her pursuits while in this community that she decided it was the right program to pursue her graduate degree. Willow is now a 2nd grade teacher and hopes to use her skills to integrate the arts into the general curriculum through collaboration with her colleagues.