Flora Lerenman is originally from Chicago, Illinois via Odessa, Ukraine. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics and English literature from Washington University in St. Louis and her master’s degree in teaching from American University. She is currently an early elementary ESL and special education teacher at H.D. Cooke Elementary. She is also a Girls on the Run Coach, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports Leadership Team member, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Night Coordinator, Learning Differences Fellow, America Achieves Fellow, and has been a member of the Title III State Advisory Team, Sunshine Committee, and International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Pedagogy Leadership Team. She became a teacher to help others become first-generation college students like herself, and she has now been teaching for eight years in all. Several of her former students are now first-generation college students and she continues to mentor them. She was the mentor teacher for Tamer Elsharkawy from Qalyubia, Egypt.