Ms. Pillar was born and raised in northeastern Ohio. Prior to teaching at Cristo Rey San Diego, she spent two years serving as a Teach for America Corps member in the Greater Cleveland area. In addition to teaching ninth grade English, Ms. Pillar has worked in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Department at SDSU, taught fifth grade language arts, as well as held the role of grade-level team leader, leading a team of colleagues in establishing culture and achieving school-wide goals. Ms. Pillar graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from San Diego State University. She is excited to be a founding faculty member at Cristo Rey San Diego High School.