Kala Stepter is an 8th Grade Math Teacher at East Bay Innovation Academy.

“As leaders of color in the education field, we have faith in our students and our communities. We see the beauty and strength that already exists within them and have hope that we – educators, students, families, our communities – can build toward a more equitable nation that not just recognizes but appreciates all that we are. The Surge Fellowship allows us the space to celebrate, connect, and build with a heart toward social justice. As a classroom teacher, I am excited to collaborate and be inspired by my cohort; I am prepared to learn and be equipped with tools that I can pass on to my students. We are most powerful all together, and I’m honored to be a part of a movement working for systemic change in our schools.”