Christy Joswick is lead teacher for grades 3-5 at Washington, Elementary in Summit, New Jersey. Christy spent the first half of her teaching career in the South Bronx working with a population of 50% English Language Learners and 100% recipients of free or reduced lunch. At the High School for Medical Science, Christy was responsible for increasing test scores among her students by 84% and created numerous after school programs and resources for tracking individual student growth, goals, and plans across grade levels. At Washington Elementary, she leads workshops for other teachers in the district, participates in curriculum mapping initiatives, and is passionate about closing the achievement gap. Her ultimate career aspiration is to create positive avenues of academic excellence in which students of all backgrounds and abilities are held to rigorous standards and pushed to their highest potential.