For eight years, Caitlin has taught in early childhood classrooms and has provided school-wide professional development on improving early literacy outcomes. After moving districts from North Carolina to South Carolina, she saw the inequities that students from diverse backgrounds face, especially when it came to reading difficulties. These experiences compelled her to become an advocate for her students and to reject the idea that their circumstances or ethnicity meant that they could not be successful. In 2018, Caitlin was named District Teacher of the Year for Saluda County Schools in South Carolina. She has found a way for her students to be successful in early literacy and wants to share her experience with other educators.