Raquel Maya Carson is a 2nd grade dual language teacher at Powell Elementary School, a public school in Washington, D.C. As a bilingual educator, Raquel is passionate about empowering her students to become bi-literate by cultivating their native and second languages. At Powell, she also serves as a Family Engagement Teacher Lead. Raquel is on the Executive Board for Young Education Professionals-DC and has recently completed a fellowship with the Data Quality Campaign. Raquel entered the classroom after working in education communications for federal and national organizations including National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and Lumina Foundation. She holds a BA in sociology from George Washington University and a Masters of Arts in teaching from Johns Hopkins University.