Vanessa D'Egidio is a seventh-grade humanities teacher in New York City. This is her eighth year of teaching but her first year as a middle school educator, having moved into a new role after teaching second grade for the past five years. Vanessa brings to the classroom a passion for education that empowers, validates, connects and inspires critical thinking and positive social action. She is a former member of the Teaching Tolerance advisory board and contributor to TT's Perspectives for a Diverse America curriculum. Vanessa enjoys designing and leading workshops around issues related to diversity, social justice and anti-bias education.