Faculty & Staff Alissa Case, M.A. Program Director - GSOE, Culturally Responsive Teaching (612) 238-4573 firstname.lastname@example.org Alissa has been in the field of education since 2002 where she began as a high school social studies and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher. Her focus on equity work was supported through her facilitation of SEED for teachers and administrators, serving on the District Equity Leadership Team, providing leadership at a building level on the Equity Team (and through staff development), and working as a core faculty member for the Culturally Responsive Teaching program at Saint Mary’s University. In 2012, Alissa became the Director for the CRT program. In this role, she is able to engage with educators in critical endeavors, through CRT coursework, staff development initiatives, and whole community events, aimed at increasing the success of all students. Alissa earned her BA in Secondary Education and Social Studies and her MA in Public Policy and Leadership, both at the University of St. Thomas. Her approach to this work is founded in deep self-reflection for the purpose of evaluating individual practice/professional choices and building authentic relationships with students and families, an imperative for student success. She works to empower individuals to see themselves as integral factors to making change on larger systemic levels.