Born in California, to a large, multiracial family, Monique Vogelsang developed a love for teaching and storytelling at a young age. Upon graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor’s degree in Black Studies, Monique joined Teach for America and moved to New York City. During these first years in New York, Monique taught in Harlem public schools, and earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching. She transitioned to a head teaching position at The Dalton School, an independent K-12 institution in NYC, where she served as a classroom teacher and worked on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Today, Monique is a certified racial literacy trainer, consultant, and curriculum specialist for Pollyanna Inc., a nonprofit working to promote and improve DEI efforts in schools across the nation. Most recently, Monique spearheaded Pollyanna’s Racial Literacy Curriculum for Grades K-8, which is available to all schools free of charge. In addition to facilitating conferences, Monique leads professional development workshops and consultations for administrators, educators, and students interested in expanding their racial literacy and cultural competency. With personal and professional experience with racially, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse populations, Monique is a proud champion of multiracial, multicultural, and LGBTQ+ communities and voices. Also in the works is her first Young Adult novel.