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Gabrielle Birkner oversees the First Person and How I Teach series. She was previously the story editor for the New York bureau. Before joining Chalkbeat, she served as the managing editor at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and the director of digital media at the Forward. She is the co-founder of Modern Loss. Gabrielle co-authored "Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome" (2018) and "The Kveller Haggadah: A Seder for Curious Kids (and Their Grownups)" (2019). Gabrielle lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.