Jessica Powell is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education in the department of Curriculum and Learning at SCSU. She is the Early Childhood Education program coordinator and co-director of the Educational Justice Collective at Southern Connecticut State University. She has a bachelors in inclusive education, a masters in early childhood education, and a PhD in educational justice. Her research and work with pre-service teachers focuses on equity, culturally responsive teaching, and racial justice in education. Prior to becoming a professor, she worked as a first grade teacher and was a site coordinator for a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School.