Dr. Kimberly N. Parker currently teaches English at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and her research looks at the literacy practices of young black men. She has an unwavering belief in the power and promise of underserved young people and is currently piloting a program intended to increase the numbers of students of color in honors English classes. Kim has received several honors, including the Marion Gleason Most Promising New Teacher Award from the New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE). She has been named a Literacy Champion from the Massachusetts Literacy Council and has received a Book Love Foundation Grant. She is the former secondary representative at-large for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and former president of NEATE. She is currently a trustee of the NCTE Research Foundation.