I am currently a masters student in Diversity and Equity in Education through University of Illinois in Champaign and I am teaching in North Chicago, where the free and reduced lunch is at 91%. Since my first placement in college, I began to develop a passion for understanding education in poverty and joining the fight for equity. When I saw the current inequity in North Chicago at my new teacher orientation last school year, district 187’s motto “on the move towards excellence,” and the heartfelt sincerety in the superintendent’s voice as he pointed to a graph comparing % free and reduced lunch to performance and said “we are working to be the outlier,” I thought this could very easily be the right place for me. I had no idea how loving my #nmsafamily would be or how much love our leader, @vicking02 would bring to our school. I have met some of my favorite people, students and educators, throughout this incredible 2-year journey. This environment has allowed me to continue developing a vision of #equityliteracy. Now I can say with undying confidence that I would #choosenmsa one thousand times over.