Erica Paley is a 1st grade teacher at P.S. 86 Kingsbridge Heights in the Bronx. P.S. 86 is one of the biggest elementary schools in New York City, with a large special education and ESL population. Erica has engaged in several different leadership opportunities at her school. She is a grade representative for the Literacy Team and the Service-in-Schools Committee. In the Fall, Erica was part of a Professional Learning Community that created performance tasks based on the new Common Core Learning Standards for her grade. She has also been piloting a new math program that will be instituted school-wide next year. Erica received a B.A. from Cornell University in 2008 and a Masters in the Science of Teaching from Pace University in 2010. She was a Teach For America corps member and taught 4th grade special education for two years before making the switch to first grade. Erica is thrilled to be a member of the 2012 NYC cohort and is looking forward to spending the summer in a challenging, but supportive environment, learning about school leadership. As a NYCDOE Aspiring Leader Fellow, Erica looks forward to another year of teaching 1st grade, to be followed by an appointment as an assistant principal or principal in a New York City public school.