Kimberly Middleton is a Special Education teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She challenges her students to analyze both educational and societal issues. Ms. Middleton helped redesign the Living Environment curriculum to make it more student-centered and reflective of larger ethical considerations. She explains, “I’m invested in them as students and people, and want to empower them to be successful on their own.” A Brooklyn native, she pushes her students to think critically in the classroom and beyond. “I see my school as a microcosm of the community I’ve been rooted in and continually shaped by … I am committed to changing the science curriculum I teach to explicitly reflect my students — particularly those whose diverse cultural experiences haven’t been valued in traditional curricula.” She tweets at @kmiddlet88.