Monica Carlson is a native of rural northern Nevada. She is the daughter of Francisco Rodriguez Ramos and Grace Anne Moreno, whom she credits as her mentors and as her inspiration to advocate for others. Monica’s interest in pursuing a career in education began in high school, where she developed an interest in psychology and American literature. She was the first in her family to graduate high school and go on to college, earning a B.A. degree in English Education from Utah Valley University in 2006 and a M.S. degree in Psychology from Utah State University in2011. Monica has worked in education since 2003, starting as a tracker and mentor, and later as a family literacy coordinator, ESL aide and teacher, and graduate assistant at Logan High School’s Multicultural and Technology Center. Since graduating, Monica has worked as a school counselor in both high school and junior high settings. She is currently a MTSS coach in the Granite School District, passionately striving for equitable and welcoming spaces for students and families in schools. Monica and her husband, Eric Carlson, reside in Salt Lake City and are the proud parents of Nora and Nico.