Rachael Mahmood, the Illinois 2024 Teacher of the Year, focuses on creating lessons that affirm her students’ identities and interests.

Lina Zapta is an educator at North Star Academy’s Washington Park High School, where the English learner turned Spanish teacher works to make her classroom ‘a space of trust and comfort.’

William C. Bryant School Principal Bahir Hayes wants to show young Black kids that they can achieve success like he did.

History often pays attention to Oliver Brown and the male lawyers behind the landmark case. But 12 Black mothers from Kansas also played a crucial role in challenging inequities in their children’s schools.

Mock legal and legislative proceedings dispel notions of teen disengagement in Adam Williamson’s class.

A trip to the Arctic inspired Brooklyn Prospect High School’s Caitlyn Homol to create a unit exploring “the relationship between motivation, action, and climate attitudes.”

Yajaira Fuentes-Tauber’s students have won $13,000 through a contest aimed at improving watershed health.

Jon Wilcox, the principal at Petoskey Middle School, grows Christmas trees on his property and raises honey bees in his spare time.

As a second grade teacher, Precious Allen teaches every subject to her students, but emphasizes science, engineering, and math with hopes of inspiring her students to pursue those fields.

Heather Martin cofounded a nonprofit to support survivors of mass tragedy.

After a colleague at her school left her job, Missy Testerman worried about who would advocate for immigrant families. So she switched gears in her educational career to fill the gap.

Michele Whaley, a school social worker at Eleanor Skillen School 34, shares how one person can have a big impact on a student.

Maha Hasen has made it her mission to bring computer science to Fordham High School for the Arts and reach more girls.

This New York City school counselor uses art therapy, breathing exercises, and details from her trips to Ecuador to bond with newcomer students at her Queens elementary school.

Islah Tauheed says working alongside another Black woman leader has been affirming and life-changing.

This Chicago counselor is a former teacher who wanted to help students outside the classroom

En segundo grado, Carlota Loya Hernández pasaba mucho tiempo coloreando porque no entendía a la maestra y la maestra no la entendía a ella.

As a second-grader, Carlota Loya Hernández spent a lot of time coloring because she couldn’t understand the teacher, and the teacher couldn’t understand her.