BioEricka Senegar-Mitchell, 16-year veteran science teacher, is a Biotechnology instructor and avid supporter of STEM education at McKinley Technology High School in Northeast Washington, DC. She currently serves as chair of the Biotechnology Department, as well as founder and director of the Ladies of Science in the City in partnership with George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science. A proud alumnus of Loyola Marymount University, Ericka transitioned to a career in education after an impressive career creating life-saving drug therapies alongside scientists at industry leaders Genzyme and Pfizer, the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company. She believes the only way to properly address the realities of illiteracy and poverty in our nation is to provide each student with a quality education and has dedicated her career to ensuring that all students recognize their classrooms as foundations of not only personal but also social change. Washington D.C. is currently the site of unprecedented education reform and Mrs. Senegar-Mitchell is on the frontlines as a 2013-14 DCPS Chancellor’s Teachers’ Cabinet Member, inaugural member of the prestigious 2013 CityBridge Foundation Education Innovation Fellowship, participant in the 2014 DCPS STEM Master Teacher Corps. and member of the 2014-15 Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) Science Educator Leader Cadre.