Asheena Baez is a middle school teacher at West Prep Academy in New York City. West Prep Academy is a magnet program that has a theme of promoting youth voice through media. Asheena has engaged in multiple leadership experiences such as team leader, new teacher mentoring, inquiry team facilitator for closing the achievement gap for Black and Latino males and as a Step Coach. Asheena received a B.A. from Clark Atlanta University in 2003 and a Masters in Urban education from Mercy College in 2008. Asheena has served as a New York City Teaching fellow and has been admitted to attend the Data Wise Institute at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. As a member os the 2012 SPA NYC cohort, Asheena looks forward to collaborating with fellow agents of change to empower the youth of tomorrow with the skills necessary to compete globally in the 21st century.