Talya Edlund is a fifth-grade teacher at Riverton Elementary School in Portland, Maine. She has also served as a literacy interventionist, teacher leader, and English language learner instructor at Southern Maine Community College. Talya is the 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year, and serves as co-president of the Maine State Teachers of the Year Association. As an advocate of public education, Talya has sat on the Educate Maine board of directors and the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission to Evaluate School Funding, and has presented at the annual Maine Education Association Conference, ASCD, and New England Turn. Talya is involved in planning and organizing ECET2 Maine conferences and has guest-blogged for Education Post and Curio Learning, where she cohosts monthly Twitter chats. Talya is fiercely committed to equity and social justice and believes that teaching is one of the most direct avenues to affecting change.