Claudia Saavedra Smith is a third year doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at NC State University. She earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with double minors in French and Hispanic Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While teaching, she earned her English as a Second Language (ESL) licensure. She then attended Teachers College at Columbia University, where she earned a Master’s degree as a Literacy Specialist, and interned at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP). Upon returning from graduate school, Claudia led her school’s Response to Intervention (RTI) team as a K-5 bilingual RTI specialist. Later, while working as a dual language instructional coach and running her own consulting company, she attended North Carolina State University where she received her Master of School Administration (MSA).