Monica Washington is an instructional coach for BetterLesson supporting teachers and other instructional coaches across the country as they make positive shifts in instruction and leadership. A decorated educator, Monica served 19 years as an English teacher and began coaching teachers in 2017. She has received honors and awards from a wide variety of organizations for her leadership, advocacy, and classroom instruction. She is a 2015 Milken Unsung Hero Fellow and a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow. Monica has served on advisory boards for TeachingPartners and the Educational Testing Service. In addition to instructional coaching, Monica supports teachers through workshops, speaking engagements, and blogging for Education Week and Education Post. Her, “4 Things Great Principals Don’t Do,” was the most read and shared Education Week opinion post of 2017. She is passionate about creating equitable and inclusive school environments that celebrate teacher and student voice, and she serves as Leading Educator Ambassador for Equity for the Education Civil Rights Alliance. Monica is the 2014 Texas Teacher of the Year and an active member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year.