Anna Faulkner acquired a passion for working with students in 2006 as a teacher at Bingham Academy, an international school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While teaching in Addis Ababa, she helped start a local non-profit with some of her friends and colleagues where she taught ESL, developed language-learning curriculum, and created afterschool programs for Ethiopian students. After a total of five years in Ethiopia, Anna moved back to the US to earn her Masters of Education in International Education Policy. She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in May of 2012 and has been working with students in some capacity ever since. Anna joined Aspire in 2016 and has played a key role in growing the organization’s capacity while also emphasizing ways to make education more meaningful, culturally appropriate, and fun for historically underserved communities. Anna plans to further her progress by continuing to make safe spaces for students to be curious and expand their aspirations.