DR. VALERIE M. WASHINGTON, an Associate Professor Emeritus at Lehman College, CUNY, was born and raised in the Bronx. She attended public schools including Hunter College, CUNY, where she earned a BA and an MS in Education. After teaching elementary school for nine years, she joined the faculty of Lehman College and supervised student teachers, taught elementary teaching methods courses and earned an Ed.D at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Washington also directed state and privately funded graduate teacher education programs in which graduate students who were practicing teachers in collaborating Bronx school districts earned degrees and certification. She is a member of the Board of Directors of East Tremont Childcare and Development Center and Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. She and her husband, Earl, live in the Bronx. They have one daughter – actor, director and activist Kerry Washington.