Rita Bouchard is enthusiastic about life, people, and her work and loves sharing her enthusiasm for learning. She has been an elementary, middle, and high school educator since Da Vinci Connect’s launch. She received her BS in Geology from Cal State Dominguez Hills and was a field geologist for Tyco International for several years before transitioning to teaching. She earned her teaching credential from Cal State University, Los Angeles Charter School of Education, and her Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Leadership and Change at Antioch University. She appreciates that she can incorporate her passions into her projects, so DV Connect is a natural fit for her. She is working towards her EdD focusing on the Nexus of Critical Place-Based Pedagogy and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Although she spends summers combining travel and volunteering in Ladakh, India, she finds her grounding in family and home life.