Sonia graduated summa cum laude from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Special Education. She began her career teaching at Chadwick International in Incheon, South Korea, an IB World School. She was the Service Learning Lead at her international school from 2018-2019, coordinating mentorship programs, community involvement experiences, and coaching student leaders.
During her time in Asia, she embraced travel as essential in building empathy and challenging her own biases. She traveled to many developing countries, sparking her interest in tourism as an avenue for creating change. Sonia moved back to the United States in 2019 to teach full-time in the low-income community of New Bedford, Massachusetts at Alma del Mar Charter School, to bring a global perspective to students in her home state. She focused on establishing strong relationships, supporting students and families with challenges during COVID- 19.