La-Shanda West, Teachers Unify Ambassador, is a survivor of gun violence who advocates for mental health, safe spaces, and violence prevention programs. She has taught secondary social studies for 21 years within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system and currently serves as the iPrep Academy Leader and Cambridge Business Teacher at Cutler Bay Senior High. La-Shanda is a member of the School Advisory Committee for Sandy Hook Promise and National SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) where she has been supporting Youth Advisory Board members for the past five years. She believes one of the best ways to prevent violence is to engage teachers in the movement. Teachers are the builders of the community and can use their stories to change the narratives on guns and violence.