Hailing from Hamilton, Alabama, a small town with a population of just over 6,600, Margaret (Columbia College) possesses a passion for education. A volunteer for America Reads in Harlem, she seeks to understand how regional and cultural approaches to elementary education can affect student performance. In particular, she is keen to explore how the U.S. and France differ in their approach to the integration of minority and immigrant populations in educational settings. She has begun the necessary coursework required to gain her teaching certification and aspires to be a leader in the field of education policy who will be able to affect change based on her global experiences both in and outside of the classroom. Margaret was a fellow in France where she worked on her French and immersed herself in Parisian culture.