Kristi Orange is a 7th grade inclusion teacher at Ranson IB Middle School, the only fully-authorized IB Title One school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District. Ranson is also part of Project LIFT, an initiative designed to support gap-closing reforms in high-needs schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. In her first year at RAnson, Kristi was able to successfully implement a balanced literacy curriculum and led each of her scholars to 1.5 years of growth or more. She also led the school culture committee to norm school culture across each grade level and create consistent cultural expectations for all 1100 scholars at Ranson. Kristi was also recognized by her superintendent as an “Irreplaceable Teacher” for her excellence in the classroom. She would like to serve as a school leader, closing the achievement gap, and propelling students ahead so they, in turn can be agents of change in Charlotte and beyond.