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Stephanie A. Duckworth-Elliott is a young woman who is living her passion. She is the author of a new children's book called "Poneasequa-The Goddess of the Waters" and has a publishing company called Wampum Books. Stephanie is a member of The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. She has had the opportunity to play various roles within her Indian community, such as Assistant Education Director and conducts lectures on Native American education. She lectured at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Miami. These experiences have assisted her in her understanding of today’s diverse population. . She has over 15 years of experience as a Minority Educator both in and out of the classroom. Her educational background consists of being a member of The Graduate Faculty at The New School for Social Research where she received her Masters in Sociology. She earned a Masters in Non-profit Management from the Graduate School for Public Policy at Rutgers University at Newark, and a BA in Africana Studies from Douglass College at Rutgers University. Her professional background as an educator consists of teaching 75 college courses at various institutions including Princeton University, Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, Colorado Technical University and numerous community colleges. She is also a certified teacher in the state of New Jersey and has taught 6th grade in the Franklin Township School District and 2nd grade at the Collegiate School in Manhattan. She was the Assistant Executive Director of the National Commission on the High School Senior Year funded by the U.S. Department of Education under President Bill Clinton and has written numerous reports that she either authored or co-authored focusing on education.