Myra Q. Sanchez was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and is a graduate of Coachella Valley High School. In 1992, she began her college studies at California State University, Long Beach, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and Family Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Education. Upon completing her studies, Myra moved to the east coast, where she had an opportunity to work for Yale University’s Preschool Lab as a teacher and research assistant for Early Childhood programs. She returned to California and continued working with programs that promote child development in Los Angeles. In 2000, she returned to the community of her upbringing began a teaching career at Cesar Chavez Elementary for Coachella Valley Unified School District. In 2005, she was hired by Riverside County Office of Education as a Program Development Specialist. Since then, she has advanced quickly and is currently the Director for the Migrant Education Program, which serves migrant students and families throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
Myra has been happily married for 18 years, has two daughters, Sophia, 11 and Stella, 9. When she is not working, her time is devoted to her family, traveling, spending time outdoors, reading, hiking, yoga, and enjoying life!