Hope Zikpi has a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a focus on learning disabilities and a graduate certificate in Assistive Technology from East Carolina University. She recently received a Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research. Her cognate area centers around African American History and access to education for the Diaspora. She is currently a doctoral candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of South Florida, supervising undergraduate preservice teachers as they complete internships. Until 2017, she worked as a teacher of Varying Exceptionalities in a variety of settings K-8 for seventeen years teaching a variety of subjects to students with disabilities. She has worked with students with a range of physical impairments, cognitive impairments, learning disabilities, and behavioral disorders.