Jamaica Ross has been teaching in the Long Beach Unified School District for 19 years. Originally from Northern California, she completed her undergraduate and credential work at Dominican University in San Rafael before moving to Southern California to begin her teaching career. While teaching, Jamaica obtained her Masters in Educational Leadership and Administrative Credential from California State University at Fullerton. In addition to these degrees, she is a National Board Certified teacher. In her years teaching, Jamaica has taught grades 2-5. She has taken on many leadership roles at her various school sites. Jamaica took a 1-year leave to work as a Literacy Consultant where she was able to work across the country supporting teachers in Balanced Literacy Instruction. Lastly, and most formatively, Jamaica is a child-centered teacher. All that she does in the classroom, from flexible seating to social justice, is done to provide a safe and nurturing space where children have choice, voice, and develop the agency they will need going forward into their futures. Jamaica believes that all humans should see their authentic selves in the spaces they exist within. It is from this stance that she creates lessons that are inclusive and that stretch the thinking of all the people that come in contact with her instructional practices.