Dr. Precious Symonette is an award-winning educator. She teaches Creative Writing at Miami Norland Senior High School and has been teaching for 17 years. Dr. Symonette was named the 2017 M-DCPS Teacher of the Year, 2017 Florida Teacher of the Year Finalist, and recognized as a 2016 National Education Association Superhero Educator. She is an official Freedom Writers Teacher, and she started the Florida Freedom Writers Foundation which helps to promote free expression both in written and verbal form. Due to her unique lived experiences, educational journey, and love for writing and civic engagement, Dr. Symonette actively collaborates with colleagues and organizations to create opportunities for students to learn about themselves, and the world around them, and to participate in service-learning projects.