Marianna Houston is a 6th grade special education teacher at MS 447: The Math & Science Exploratory School, a public middle school in Brooklyn, New York. At MS 447, she helped to implement the Nest Program, a special-purpose program that integrates students with autism spectrum disorder into inclusion-model classrooms. Marianna also serves on the school’s articulation committee. She has worked as a mentor teacher through the Department of Education and Teaching Residents at Teachers College program. Marianna received a B.A. from Bowdoin College in 2006 and an M.S.Ed. from Brooklyn College in 2009 through the NYC Teaching Fellows program. She continues to work for the NYC Teaching Fellows, helping to train, select, and recruit new Fellows. Marianna was nominated for the NYC Teaching Fellows Award for Classroom Excellence in 2009. She is the recipient of an Aspiring Leaders Fellowship at Summer Principals Academy. Marianna hopes to be a school building leader who emphasizes collaboration and self-reflection, and she is thrilled to begin her leadership education as a member of the 2012 Summer Principals Academy New York City cohort.