ABOUT THE COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS LEADING THE CONVERSATION
LISA CASTILLO-GUAJARDO, aka Mrs. G, is the proud principal of Mitchell Elementary in Houston ISD, the largest urban school district in Texas. She has worked in education for more than 15 years as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and school administrator. She is a self-proclaimed bibliophile, passionate about literacy, and hopes to inspire everyone she meets to be a Reader Leader as well.
JESSICA HUNTER is an English educator at a public high school in Long Island, New York. She is a member of the 2020-2021 New York Times Teaching Project and was awarded the New York State Educator of Excellence award in 2019. She is also the founder of the Kaia Women Scholars award which provides small grants to minority women from underprivileged backgrounds as they embark on their college careers. She has worked in education for more than a decade. She loves bringing literature to life for her students and loves encouraging them to take risks in their writing. She lives in New York.