Erica Avent is a 6th Grade Science Teacher with the Oxford School District in Oxford, Mississippi. She has inspired and motivated the children of Mississippi schools for the past 12 years. Additionally, she is working and mentoring teachers as an Adjunct Professor of Teacher Education with the University of Mississippi and mentor teacher with the Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who earned her Ed.S, M.A., and B.A from the University of Mississippi. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D in Elementary Education with an emphasis on teacher preparation and mentorship.