Bio: Toni McCray has been teaching urban first graders for 9 years with Memphis City Schools. She is a native of the Memphis area and received both her degrees from the University of Memphis –B.S. in Elementary Education and M.S. in Elementary Reading. She is a laureate of the Memphis Literacy Academy and received her National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood English and Language Arts in 2010. Most recently, she has been chosen by Teach Plus to be a part of the Memphis Teaching Policy Fellowship - a cohort of teachers that advocates for policies that will better serve students and retain excellent early-career teachers. Her philosophy of teaching reading is to make it fun and attainable to all ability levels while using research based practices. She hopes to one day make a significant impact on her profession through research, coaching, and consulting.