Perceiving every experience as an opportunity for gaining knowledge, growth, and self-reflection, Dr. Beatrice Lopez defines herself as a life-long learner and an agent for social change. Dr. Lopez’s professional experience includes twenty-two years of teaching and serving within a school leadership capacity in New York State Public Schools. Currently, she serves as a middle school Humanities Chairperson supporting the development of adolescent literacy. In addition, as an adjunct assistant professor, Dr. Lopez teaches graduate-level courses in curriculum and instruction and culturally responsive education. As an educator, Dr. Lopez’s mission has been to help ignite the transformation of lives through educational practices led with an equity lens and cultivate high-quality literacy learning experiences for all students.