Sheleena Taylor currently teaches 4th grade math at Mandarin Lakes K-8 center in Homestead, FL. She has been at the school since its inception, helping to establish a culture of student achievement through her involvement in several endeavors such as the Black History Committee, Pep Rally committee, Social Club, EESAC, grade level chair, and the school's monthly mixers. On the elementary side, Mandarin Lakes groups its students by gender. Her experience with this unique grouping has made Sheleena quite fond of working with boys, as well as allowed her to tap into an unknown storage of patience when faced with 22 girls! In 2007, Sheleena graduated from Washington University in St Louis cum laude with a degree in History and minors in both Spanish and Linguistics. As she joins the 2012 SPA cohort in New York this summer, Sheleena most looks forward to becoming a student once more, forging relationships with her fellow cohort members, and engaging in the types of conversations and experiences that will allow her to become a dynamic school leader.