Lachanda Garrison is a teacher leader at Bahrain Elementary School in Manama, Bahrain where she teaches a diverse group of international and U.S. military-connected students. Her 15 years as an educator also includes teaching 1st and 3rd grade, multi-age grades, and as an instructional coach in both elementary mathematics and literacy.

Lachanda is a 2021 State Teacher of the Year. She is also the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and STARR Commonwealth’s Stand Tall Award. She uses her platform to advocate for students, teachers, and the education profession. Her passion is making learning relatable for students by humanizing both students and their learning experiences.

Lachanda believes weaving her students’ stories and identities into lessons is the best instructional tool, ensuring all students receive an equitable education. She meets students’ needs by being trauma- informed, resilience-focused, and culturally responsive so students can learn and thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. Because of these beliefs, Lachanda’s students advocate for their learning, celebrate one another’s differences and cultures, and empathize for those around them.