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Erin Burns is lead Biology teacher and varsity swim coach at North Mecklenburg High School, an extremely diverse school in Huntersville, North Carolina, just north of Charlotte, where the population of students receiving free and reduced lunch recently jumped from 13% to 56%. Since taking the lead on the Biology team, Erin has raised test scores for each student at a higher rate than any other tested subject area in the school. In 2012, Erin created SideKicks Mentoring, a non-profit tat connects North Mecklenburg students with young professionals in the community through mentoring relationships. Erin hopes to lead a turnaround school and continue to increase the impact of SideKicks and eventually create new policies for educational reform.