Amanda Lucas is a secondary English educator based in Houston, TX. She has a B.A. in English (2001) and an M.Ed. in Curriculum (2014) and Instruction from Texas A&M University. Her passion is student-driven discussion which asks students to challenge not only their core beliefs but also those of their peers. When not grading essays and finding challenging and culturally-relevant texts for her students to read, she enjoys practicing yoga, traveling with her husband, and loving her two dogs, Tessa and Toby, and her "damn cat," Ginger.