Rebekah Johnson is a 2023-2024 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. She is the gifted education teacher for 2nd through 6th grades for Southeast Lauderdale Schools in Meridian, Mississippi. Rebekah coordinates the Gifted Education program for Southeast Elementary and Middle Schools. She is also a part of the Mississippi State University Computer Science WONDER cohort where she is learning to incorporate technology into her classroom. Rebekah spent her first years teaching ELA in various districts where she served as English department leader. Rebekah was named Rankin County Learning Center’s Teacher of the Year and is a Carol Paola New Gifted Teacher Grant recipient. Rebekah is a member of the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children as well as a member of Mississippi Professional Educators. She earned her BA in religion and English from William Carey University and received her teacher certification through the MAT program at Belhaven University.