Denise Duplessis has been an educator for over 20 years. Her work has crossed many disciplinary boundaries as a teacher, reading specialist, and most notably as an administrator within the Chicago Public Schools. Her passion is for the education of all children, and equipping highly qualified teachers with the tools they need to be successful. She is dedicated to creating strong curricula and instilling professional development principles within the classroom. Presently, Denise is serving as an administrator in an extremely low socio–economic area of Chicago. This area presents many learning and social challenges. She has continued to grow professionally by developing diverse strategies for this challenging environment. Her present school community has successfully become one of the top schools in the area, raising standardized test scores from eighteen percent to over sixty percent in reading and math. Denise has gained the respect and trust from not only her staff, but from this tough surrounding community. Denise has served on various committees. She served as the chairperson of the fundraiser committee of Jack and Jill of America, Chicago Chapter. She is a volunteer worker for her alderman in the city of County Club Hills. As a member of ASCD, she attends local and distant conferences. Denise has a Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, from DePaul University in Chicago, and a Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision, from Governor’s State University, University Park. She attributes all her accomplishments to her zeal for education, and the support and encouragement she receives from her family. She lives her life with a commitment to excellence, by trusting her instincts, following her dreams, believing in others, and being of service to others.