Hayden Frederick-Clarke is a seventh-year Math teacher at Charlestown High School in the Diploma Plus program, which targets over-aged, under-credited students. A founding member of the alternative program, Hayden has authored its mission; made anti-racist, anti-misogynist and social justice teaching hallmarks of the program; and created a culture of high expectations for and amongst Diploma Plus students. His zealous belief in student empowerment and community building is reflected in his classroom structure which places students at the center, thrives on peer tutoring and necessitates that students often work independent of him as preparation for the rigors of higher education. In addition to instructing students, Hayden leads professional development series on Competency-Based Grading and Educating Boys of the African Diaspora for staff at Charlestown High School. He is also a member of the inaugural cohort of Boston Public Schools’ Male Educators of Color (M.E.O.C.) action group. Hayden earned his B.S. in Economics from Northeastern University and his M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.