Cory Mikel is a first-year teacher who exemplifies the behavior of “leading by example”. He has consistently maintained a high level of professionalism within the school community and stakeholders. Whether it’s through his real-world instruction, empathy for scholars, commitment to parental engagement, or just “being there” he has proved to be a vital asset to Reaching Innovative Solutions in Education. He was nominated a “Teacher of the Year” candidate by his peers, a phenomenal feat for a first-year teacher. He has demonstrated passion for the Black Male Initiative Movement and narrative to be a model for minority scholars. As a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, his emphasis on service has been evident as he carries out the RISE Motto” “Above All Else We RISE”.