Sonya attended California State University Northridge where she attained her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. She then attended California State University Los Angeles to complete a Multiple Subject teaching credential. Sonya went on to teach in the Los Angeles Unified School District as an elementary school teacher. She is always looking for new opportunities to learn so she left the classroom after 6 years and became a Math Coach. This position gave her the opportunity to teach other elementary teachers how to use manipulatives and exploration in the classroom during Mathematics. Sonya went back to college to receive her credential in Special Education from California Lutheran University. Sonya grew up in Simi Valley, California.