Victoria Theisen-Homer is the author of the book Learning to Connect: Relationships, Race, and Teacher Education. She grew up in Arizona and is a product of public schools in Phoenix. Currently, she is a postdoctoral research fellow at Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation and completed her Doctorate in Education at Harvard University. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she was an English teacher at a large public Title-1 high school in Los Angeles. During this time, she received many awards and accolades for her teaching, including a Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year award. She credits much of her success in teaching to the renowned Teacher Education Program she completed at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She served as an editor on the Harvard Educational Review Board and continues to review manuscripts for a range of journals. Her own research – which lies at the intersection of teaching, teacher education, and the formation of meaningful human relationships – is represented in journals like Journal of Teacher Education, Schools and Theory and Research in Education and periodicals like Salon, Education Week, and Alternet. She is also an intermediate baker and a coffee/tea/ice cream aficionado.