Alyssa Granacki recently graduated from Duke University with degrees in American History and Italian Studies. She is currently a 2011 Teach For America Corp Member in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She teaches at YES Prep Public Schools – an open-enrollment charter school system that strives to increase the number of low-income Houstonians who attend college. Her blog attempts to offer an “on-the-ground” perspective on education policies. Alyssa hopes that she can help bring the realities of daily life in schools into the dialogue on education reform. She believes it is crucial to understand what makes schools and students successful in order to create effective and lasting changes in our education system.