Sydney Morris is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization that seeks to ensure that teachers’ voices are meaningfully included in the policy decisions that impact their classrooms and careers. Launched in 2010, E4E has quickly grown into a national movement of over 13,000 teachers learning about education policy, networking with colleagues and policymakers, and taking action around policies that will lift student achievement and the teaching profession. In 2012, Sydney was featured on City & State’s list of 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. Most recently Sydney was recognized in Forbes 30 under 30 for Education. Prior to co-founding E4E with her colleague, Evan Stone, Sydney spent three years teaching second and third grade at a high-needs elementary school in the Bronx, NY. She led her students to average gains of 1.5 years of academic growth in both reading and math, and 100% passing rates on the statewide ELA and Math exams. While teaching, Sydney designed and led the school’s first-ever after-school ballet program. Sydney also earned a master’s degree in teaching from Pace University. She entered the classroom, by way of Teach For America, after graduating from Tulane University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a concentration in international relations. While in New Orleans, she was actively involved in the New Orleans Public School system following Hurricane Katrina and worked with the nonprofit New Orleans Outreach to develop free after-school dance programs for low-income public school students.