Denise Alexander is an elementary Instructional Coach/Developer at Murch Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Murch Elementary School is a National Blue Ribbon school that serves grades PK-5 in the District of Columbia Public Schools. It is one of seven elementary schools that earned the District’s distinguished autonomous status. During her years in education Denise has engaged in numerous leadership capacities ranging from Lead Teacher to Academy Director. She also served as a lead professional developer where she coached teachers and administration in various districts across Southern California. Denise received a B.A. from Howard University in 1997 and worked on her M.A.T at Trinity University. Administrations of D.C. Public Schools and Edison Schools have recognized her as a highly effective educator. Her goal is to continue to develop the skills that will support her in becoming a more effective instructional leader within an urban setting so that significant gains can be made in closing the achievement gap. She wishes to engage schools in the struggle for accessible, achievable and authentic learning opportunities for all students.