Andrea Jimón was a sophomore at Fremont High School in East Oakland, California, when she began supporting in the foundation of Know Thyself School. The daughter of an Guatemalan mother and indigenous Mayan father, Andrea is the first generation of her family to be born in the United States. Andrea's cultural background and personal journey lead her to realize the value of education at a young age. With goals to attend university, study medicine, and become a surgeon, Andrea has thrived in the public education model, obtaining honor roll awards and attending advanced placement and college courses. Although Andrea has thrived in traditional education, Andrea began to see how her value of education was not reciprocal amongst some of her peers. She realized that the limits of standardized education and the lack of student input created a disinterest in learning . After beginning high school, her own interest in school began to fade, but her desire for learning and helping people remained. Sitting in a classroom with a variety of children, she realized they all had talents, interests and strengths that were valuable. It was just the environment that wasn't meeting their needs. This motivated her to volunteer with local non-profits and service learning projects; providing healthcare services, teaching children. Andrea's mission is to help reinstate a love for learning for future generations and to make a difference in her community. During her academic career, Andrea has taken on programs and projects that have exceeded the expectation of a student, ultimately driven by her passion for her culture, community, education, and health.