While Amber did not initially pursue a degree in education, she soon realized through volunteering in schools as a reading tutor and youth mentor that she wanted to leverage her English and History studies to encourage her students to become agents of change in their families, communities, and the world. After graduating with her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University, she moved to Austin, TX where she taught middle school English Language Arts and high school World History. While teaching in Austin, Amber sought to gain more experience in a different urban educational context, so she moved to New York City. Amber has been teaching in NYC since 2010. During this time in order to more readily meet all of the needs of the diverse learners in her classroom, Amber completed her Masters in Special Education at The City College of New York and later pursued her degree in Educational Leadership at Columbia’s Teachers College. She holds certification in General and Special Education as well as School Building Leadership.