Upon entering the classroom, Stephanie’s kindergarten students always look forward to a sweetly written message. That message reminds them that they possess an enormous amount of potential to shine and be themselves throughout the day. She possesses that too. Stephanie goes forward with her students. She is a source of light and encouragement to all her students. This year, Stephanie became one of the newest kindergarten teachers at AF Bushwick Elementary. She has always been inclined to help younger children. And the birth of her first child further signaled a profession dedicated to supporting students who have a passion for learning. While pursuing her master’s degree in 2021, Stephanie received an offer by Achievement First to enroll in the Teacher-in-Residence (TIR) program. The initiative granted her professional development support. Stephanie shadowed tenured school leaders and received daily coaching sessions to perfect her practice. In just six months, she received a full-time teaching position and welcomed a class of bright young minds.