Jasmine Pollard is a proud native of Greenville, MS, and now lives in Pensacola, FL. Her passion for education led her to a career as a middle and high school English teacher. After eight years in the classroom, she is transitioning her passion for education, advocacy, and social justice. Pollard received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Jackson State University and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling from Troy University. She has worked with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program since 2010 and believes that every child deserves a Freedom School. Pollard is now working as a community and family counselor with Lutheran Services and various other organizations in Pensacola and is committed to disrupting the culture of power within education through advocacy. Pollard’s mission is to create more equitable spaces for African American representation in education and enhance the curriculum and advancement of African American students. Pollard previously served as a Site Coordinator for the Central Gulf Coast CDF Freedom Schools site and is excited for her second year serving as an Ella Baker Trainer. She hopes to continue making a positive impact on scholars, leaders, and community members.