Elizabeth Ortega—Teaching Staff

Life is a trip, and sometimes it gets weird.

Elizabeth (she/they) is a queer mixed-Latine who has been been groovin’ in the PSCS community for 5 years, learning the ways of a Holistic Sexuality Educator, and skipping into the sunshine as much as possible. She previously organized and worked with young folks in a variety of spaces and capacities, from food and health justice in South Seattle to starting a GSA at McClure Middle School.

Originally from the hot borderlands of the Southwest desert, she comes from chasing after ice cream trucks, the dusty grounds of 4-H animals, and many a sports team. One could say, EO really likes getting her boots dirty. For the last 11 years she’s roamed the PNW making art, building community, and avoiding swimming in any cold bodies of water.

Elizabeth brings to PSCS a passion for social justice and equity and how these issues are embedded in everything we do—systematically, institutionally, interpersonally, and internally. She wants to imagine and build new possibilities for a more just and joy-infused future for more communities, both tiny and grand. A deeply curious person, Elizabeth is always thinking about how we can be our most whole and healthy selves—and how to have the most possible fun while doing it. The creative facilitator in them gets jazzed about stretching our growing edges and finding celebration in even the most mundane of life’s experiences

Nature, exploring, and being with chosen family, are just some of the places Elizabeth feels the most at home. She revels in the feeling of freedom and being humbled by this awe-inspiring universe of which we are all a part. Writing, reading, linocut printmaking, eating delicious things, and throwing a darn good party are just a few of the things that delight them.

If EO could have a long meal with someone alive or dead, it’d be Gloria Anzaldua.

B.A. Sociology & Anthropology, University of Arizona; M.Ed. Transformative Learning Processes, Antioch University