Valerie Cadet Simpkins
B.A. in English Language & Literature, Spelman College; M.A. in English Education, Teachers College of Columbia University. Valerie began her career in New York City public education over nine years ago. She currently serves as a founding teacher at a charter school in the Bronx. Valerie has contributed to the institution's growth academically, as High School English Department Chair, and culturally, as High School Team Leader. Valerie's interest in educational leadership stems from her belief that a thriving school community must be a collaboration of inspired student and adult learners. She aspires to help shrink the achievement gap by expanding the creative capacity of all readers, writers, and educators.