Malia was born on Kauai, graduated from Seattle University, and received her Master’s in Education Leadership from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. She began her career in the South Bronx where she taught Global History and Geography at the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice for three years, falling deeply in love with education. Malia then relocated to Chicago where she joined Muchin College Prep, a campus of the high performing Noble Street Charter School Network. She taught literature there for two years before joining the school’s leadership team. Malia is honored to continue leading a team of such amazing, passionate educators as at Summit Sierra.