Tess Ormseth earned her Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and has taught English Language Arts for over ten years. She has focused her classroom career on building authentic relationships with students to further their personal and academic growth. As a teacher leader in her home district, she works with educators in collaborative teams and individually (through observations and reflective coaching) to create inclusive, engaging, and equitable learning environments. As a Culturally Responsive Competent Teaching facilitator, she works with large groups in professional development sessions to explore anti-racism, implicit bias, and systemic change. She is especially interested in cultivating the equity will and skill of future facilitators and coaches. Her goal is to develop a strengths-oriented mindset in those with whom she works and provide practical strategies to educators working to close the racially-predictable opportunity gap.