Tiffany M. Lewis’ mother told her that she always knew Tiffany would become a teacher. Tiffany’s educational philosophy is derived from Joao Coutinho’s quote: “There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom.” This quote inspires Tiffany to educate both the minds and hearts of her students and encourage them to develop empathy and a sense of duty. Tiffany is a Secondary English Teacher at Benjamin Franklin High School, the top performing high school in Louisiana. She has taught in Orleans Parish Public Schools for 17 years. She currently teaches English II Gifted and African-American Literature. Tiffany is transitioning into a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion role at Ben Franklin High School, the first of its kind in New Orleans public high school. She is passionate about partnering with allies to work toward creating a culturally competent school. A New Orleans native, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English (Writing) from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master’s +30 in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. Tiffany also has academically gifted and reading specialist certifications. Her area of focus is increasing literacy achievement in African-American adolescent males. Tiffany is fiercely committed to serving the children of New Orleans and believes that her hometown can be the first great urban school system. This goal begins not only with teachers, but also with students who are confident in their own abilities to excel.