Julia Duncheon received her BA in American Studies from Wellesley College in 2006. She then worked as a high school history and special education teacher at Automotive High School in Brooklyn, NY for five years. While working at Automotive, Julia earned her Masters in Teaching at Long Island University, Brooklyn through the New York City Teaching Fellows program. She now serves as a research assistant to Dr. William Tierney. Her areas of interests include college access and equity. Specifically, Julia is concerned with improving culturally relevant pedagogy and high academic standards in urban high schools to better equip students for post-secondary education.