Owen Thomas has taught critical history in Boston for the past 7 years. For the first 4 years, he worked at Diploma Plus, an alternative program housed with Charlestown High School. There, Owen helped to lead the history team and develop curriculum that broke down the artificial walls placed between the school and the community at large. He led interdisciplinary courses that included powerful experiential elements and highlighted the connection between historical moments and the world we live in today. He spent a year at Davis Leadership Academy, teaching 7th grade English, learning literacy techniques at Boston’s only middle school with a specific focus on cultural relevance for students of color. He is trained in a facilitates restorative justice and community building circles. Since joining BDEA he has continued his work building powerful communities of learners who tie together important ideas from the past with the challenges we face in our world today.