Maria Elena Sanchez is a second-year USTA teaching in the 21st district. She is from Monterey, California, and completed her bachelor's degree at UC Davis. She studied global disease biology with a focus on infectious diseases and congenital heart defects. In Vienna she is combining her love for teaching and health by working in two Gymnasien and volunteering for a local organization that helps disadvantaged youth. She is also conducting solo research on the Austrian healthcare system. After her second year teaching, she plans on attending medical school and hopes to become an internationally practicing physician.