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Briana Hendrickson, a 2013 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduate, has returned to the University of Illinois to complete her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. While receiving her BA at Illinois, Briana studied English and Secondary Education. Briana spent four years teaching high school English full-time and is currently a part-time English teacher at Monticello High School. Briana obtained her Master’s in English at Eastern Illinois University where she taught Composition and co-taught a Young Adult Literature course, which spurred her current research interests: writing instruction, the use of YA literature in the classroom, and culturally relevant pedagogy. In addition to these research interests, Briana also has a passion for teacher education, especially for secondary preservice teachers, which she plans on pursuing during her time here at Illinois.