Julia E. Torres is a veteran language arts teacher and librarian on the Montbello Campus Library serving five schools within the Far Northeast region of Denver Public Schools. Formerly a teacher of AP English Language and Literature, Julia has served Colorado language arts teachers as the vice president and president of the regional NCTE affiliate, the Colorado Language Arts Society. As a teacher/activist committed to education as a practice of freedom, her practice is grounded in the work of empowering students to use language arts to fuel resistance and positive social transformation. In co-operation with The Educator Collaborative, Julia facilitates workshops and professional conversations about anti-bias/anti-racist education, social justice, and culturally sustaining pedagogies in language arts, as well as digital literacy and librarianship. She is a member of the current ALAN board of directors and recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Teaching award from the Colorado affiliate of NCTE. Her work has been featured in several publications, including NCTE’s Council Chronicle, NPR, Al Jazeera’s The Stream, PBS Education, KQED’s MindShift, NY Times Learning Network, The Chicago Tribune, ASCD’s Education Update, School Library Journal, and many more.