Peggy Estrada is an associate research scientist in the Latin American and Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He research focuses on promoting positive academic achievement and social-emotional development among culturally and linguistically diverse children and adolescents, with a special focus on English learner and Latino students. In partnership with districts, she answers field-, policy-, and practice-relevant questions using a sociocultural lens and mixed methods. She was formerly an associate research scientist at the Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence at UCSC. She holds a Ph.D. in child and adolescent development from the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Early in her career, Dr. Estrada was a preschool teacher and a public school teacher for migrant education in rural northern California.