B.A in Humanities, Honors College, Michigan State University. As a Teaching Ambassador Classroom Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education, Madonna spent the past year involving teachers in the development and implementation of national education policy. She aspires to intentionally model the beliefs, understandings, skills, and habits of mind that will lead us, and our nation’s students, toward a brighter future. She has worked in education and training since 1999, and has led adults or students in six states and two countries. Prior to teaching, Madonna ran the recruitment, selection, and training programs for the Listening Ear Crisis Center in East Lansing, Michigan. She has transferred those skills to recruit, select, train, and mentor thousands of teachers nationwide in full- and part-time roles with traditional public school districts as well as non-profit organizations such as The New Teacher Project. She started teaching Special Education, Reading, and English Language Arts with Teach For America in Miami, Florida where she earned a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate. She received a Texas Educator Certificate and achieved National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist in Austin, Texas. For the past three years, Madonna has served as a full-time mentor for thirteen high school teachers in Austin Independent School District. After graduating from SPA, Madonna will take on a new role in her district as a Social and Emotional Learning Specialist, coaching the staff of a dozen schools as they implement a social and emotional learning curriculum.