Melody Andrews is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at Howard University. Melody began her education career in Greensboro, NC and has been teaching English and Composition for eight years. As an NEA Early Career Leadership Fellow, Melody represented the NEA at Education International’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocates workshop in 2017 in Brussels, Belgium where educators from all over the globe met to discuss ways in which education unions can advocate for the implementation of the United Nation’s Education 2030 goals of equity and access for all students, especially those from historically marginalized groups. In 2020, Melody was selected as a UCEA Jackson Scholar. In addition to her advocacy work, Melody has conducted and presented research on effective teacher support implementation and Black women education leaders, as well as collaborated with local organizations to create safe spaces for educators of color to receive professional development and support.