Alva received her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish from the University of California, Merced. Shortly after graduation in 2015, she enrolled into the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program at Pasadena City College. While there, she began volunteering as a reading coach for a program offered by Pasadena. She began her career working with children in 2016 when she became a Learning Center Instructor for an after-school program. Since then, she has continued working with children as a 4th grade Instructional Assistant and tutor for VarsityTutors. She is currently a Behavior Therapist with Maxim Healthcare. In her free time, Alva spends time learning American Sign Language, hoping this will help her communicate with children that speak ASL. Alva hopes to return to school to become an SLPA and hopefully an SLP in the future.