A product of public schools in my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, I went to college at Colgate University to study Education and English Literature. After surviving four insane winters in Upstate New York, I elected to pursue teaching through UCLA’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) where I learned a ton about social justice, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and constructivist teaching. I then taught high school English for four years in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and I loved it. But a number of factors (including Reduction in Force layoffs) inspired me to go get a Doctorate in Education, which is how I ended up at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). In the last five years at HGSE, I have served as a research assistant, a teaching assistant, an editor for the Harvard Educational Review, and a yoga teacher at a local studio, but now I am wholly focused on writing my dissertation. My research focuses on Teachers, Teacher Education, the Relational Aspects of Teaching, and Race in Education. I welcome feedback on my posts and look forward to new dialogues that can push my thinking further.