Geneviève DeBose is an educator, artist, and activist who has taught middle school in Los Angeles (her hometown), Oakland, and the South Bronx for over a decade. She is a proud National Board Certified Teacher who returned to the classroom in September 2014 after three years of policy work at the national level. She strongly believes that education is a tool for social justice and empowerment and that learning experiences for children should be culturally relevant, student-centered, and interactive. She knows the importance of families and community being integrated into schools and the classroom, and works to make regular home visits, create connections between her school and community organizations, and provide genuine opportunities for students to share what they learned with the larger world. She currently teaches 7th grade English Language Arts at the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists.
She started her teaching career as a 1999 Teach for America corps member and earned her National Board Certification in 2010. DeBose was a featured teacher in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s films Waiting for Superman (2010), The First Year (2001), and Teach (2001). She was a 2011 U.S. Department of Education Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow and in 2012 was named one of Education Week’s “17 Leaders Who Will Shape Education for the Next Generation.” She earned a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and an M.A. in Education from UC Berkeley and her teaching credential from Mills College in Oakland, California.