My name is Ebonie Rose Battle-Williams. From an early age education, has been an integral part of my life. My parents instilled in my siblings and I that knowledge is the most powerful force that a person could possess. I am a proud product of the Miami-Dade County public school system having attended Vineland Elementary, Frank C. Martin Elementary, Southwood Middle School in the dance magnet program and Coral Reef Senior High School in the International Baccalaureate program where I graduated with a Superintendents Diploma of distinction. Upon graduating from high school, I continued my educational experience at Spelman College and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. I am currently enrolled at Nova Southeastern University in the Master’s in Educational Leadership program. I have spent 9 of my 10 years of teaching at the mighty “Raider Nation” teaching science. During my first year of teaching I was selected as the Rookie Teacher of the year here at Richmond Heights Middle School. I am currently the science department chairperson and I have served in this capacity for 5 years. Furthermore, I have coached cross country and track and field for several years. In 2009 I was awarded coach of the year for coaching both sports. This past 2017 cross country season the girls’ junior varsity team won the county championship! I am very humbled to be selected as teacher of the year for Richmond Heights Middle and I will continue to strive to educate and empower the next generation.