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Rabin Nickens is a Teacher Ambassador with the New York City Department of Education. In this role, she supports the professional development and retention of teachers in schools throughout the city, and builds the capacity of school-based teacher leaders in order to enhance student outcomes. For over a decade prior to this, she cultivated her expertise in roles such as lead teacher, grade leader, and dramatic arts/literacy specialist, where she successfully drove the achievement of diverse early childhood, elementary, and middle school scholars in high-need public schools, including children with special needs, English language learners, and gifted and talented children. Rabin looks forward to utilizing her SPA experience to develop and share replicable models of school culture that nurture both teachers and students in order to ensure a quality education for every child throughout the nation.