Dawn Pilotti is an innovative educator who believes children learn best through experience. She encourages her students to develop their fullest potential through cultural and environmental discovery, inspiring young leaders to creatively impact their communities and the world. Her students have often been acknowledged for their commitment to local and global causes. Dawn teaches middle school math and social studies at St. Ann Academy in Bridgeport, Connecticut and art history at Fairfield University. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her contributions to education and was the 2012 recipient of the Tim Russert Make A Difference Award. Dawn holds a master’s degree in History of Art and Archaeology from The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, has worked on an educational outreach project with The Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, conducted teacher’s workshops at local museums, and written interdisciplinary elementary and middle school curriculum. She also serves as a National Park Service Biodiversity Youth Ambassador Advisor and St. Ann Academy’s Free The Children Moderator. She and her students enthusiastically became involved in the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Collaborative Storytelling Project during the 2013 BioBlitz at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in New Orleans, Louisiana. Through this initiative, the children were able to tell their stories about being in nature and how it impacted their lives. These stories will hopefully inspire other youth to go outside, explore and discover the natural world around them, and tell—and move others to tell—stories of their own.