Johane Ligondé is the principal of Shaw Avenue School, a k-6 elementary school, in Valley Stream, New York. Johane has worked as Curriculum Director of ELA, Reading, and Social Studies in the Lawrence School District in Nassau County. Earlier in her career she served as an English and literacy teacher and as a principal in a pre-k-6 international school on the island of Anguilla in the West Indies. Her work with k-12 teachers to improve literacy instruction and students’ literacy skills by raising the level of rigor in literacy curriculum, vertically aligning curriculum across grade levels using the Common Core Learning Standards has been guided by a quest to see literacy as the great equalizer. Her research interests include the use of social emotional learning to combat micro-aggression and system-wide reform to address micro-inequities in schools. Johane received her B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany, Master in the Arts of Teaching (M.A.T.) in English Education from Union College and an Ed.M degree in Educational Leadership from the Summer Principals Academy, Teachers College, Columbia University.