Gabrielle Cartelli has been an educator and curriculum specialist for over 15 years. She holds a MS degree in Literacy Education and BA degrees in both Elementary Education and Sociology. Gabrielle has extensive training in Lucy Calkin's Reading and Writing Workshop and she has worked one-on-one with Columbia Teachers College mentors. In addition to her training in literacy, Gabrielle has developed a 5th grade humanities curriculum for Ramapo Central School District in Suffern, NY, with published Complete Four authors, Laurie Pastore and Patty Vitatle-Reilly. In 2009, Gabrielle joined The New Village Leadership Academy, where she was both a teacher and a staff developer. It was there that she created a unique way of designing units of study integrating the school’s core values with concepts and enduring understandings. These concept-based units built off the strengths and talents of the individual students and at the same time challenged their thinking. Gabrielle believes strongly that the role of an educator is to coach students on how to accomplish their own goals and to bring awareness to goals they never knew they wanted to achieve.