Tara J. Plachowski was an LAUSD teacher for 10 years, serving as lead teacher and co-founder of one of the first LAUSD Pilot Schools, Los Angeles High School of the Arts. She has additionally served as a Teacher Coach and Administrator at a community-based CA State Board of Education authorized charter school, The School of Arts and Enterprise. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Teacher Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Tara is currently also a Co-Principal Investigator and Mentoring Coordinator on the Nevada Great Teaching and Leading Grant funded project Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways for Students of Color into the Teaching Profession: Giving Back to the Community Through Teaching.