Bianca Larkin is a 2013 Vanderbilt graduate with an M.Ed. in learning, diversity and urban studies. Before returning to her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, she taught in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. Bianca has also worked in schools as a literacy interventionist, English language teacher, and translator for families new to the Nashville area. Presently, Bianca is a seventh-grade English language arts teacher. Bianca is charged to be a part of a collective educational initiative to close the opportunity gap for children and families of color and low income students.