Geneviève DeBose is an educator, artist, and activist who has taught middle school in Los Angeles (her hometown), Oakland, and the South Bronx for fifteen years. She is a proud National Board Certified Teacher who returned to the classroom in September 2014 after three years of policy work on the national level. She strongly believes that education is a tool for social justice and empowerment and that learning experiences for children should be culturally relevant, student-centered, and interactive. She knows the importance of families and community being integrated into schools and the classroom, and as a teacher, worked to make regular home visits, create connections between her school and community organizations, and provide genuine opportunities for students to share what they learned with the larger world. She currently works as a literacy coach at a public middle school in Watts.