Jhanae Wingfield is a scholar, practitioner, and agent of change who has paid particular attention to early literacy practices of teachers in urban school settings. Ms. Wingfield began her career in education as a teacher and teacher leader. She has had experience in public, private, and charter schools throughout New Jersey. Her research interests include the examination of teachers’ integration of culturally relevant literacy and art across the curriculum. Ms. Wingfield’s commitment to ensure that students in urban communities receive access to a quality education and rich literature experiences extends to her role as a community leader. She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey, Orange Public Library and has developed and instructed a summer program for youth in the city of Orange, “Literacy Through the Arts”. Ms. Wingfield has presented at national conferences including NAEYC Annual Conference and The Rutgers Diversity & Inclusion Symposium. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Reading/ Reading Specialist from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She is a Doctoral candidate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.