Briana Morales is a 2022-2023 Teach Plus Illinois Affinity Group Facilitator and is an 11th and 12th grade English teacher at Gordon Bush Alternative Center in East St. Louis. She focuses on empowering her students with personalized, competency-based education. Briana received the 2022 Educator Impact Award by the Titus Foundation, 2021 Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award by the National Council for Teachers of English, and was named the 2021 Policy Fellow of the Year by Teach Plus Illinois. Briana is a Teach Plus National Senior Research Fellow focused on elevating a more inclusive understanding of the science of teaching reading. She earned her BA in secondary English education from St. Ambrose University and her MEd in curriculum and instruction from American College of Education. She is currently pursuing an EdD in diversity and equity in education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.