Ariel Tichnor-Wagner is a Ph.D. student in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement education program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a co-developer of the Globally Competent Teaching Continuum. Her research areas include policy implementation and the policy and politics of educating for global citizenship. Ariel received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught elementary school in central Phoenix for three years in general (all subjects) education and structured English immersion classrooms, during which she earned a Masters of Elementary Education from Arizona State University . As a doctoral student, Ariel has developed and instructed the online professional development course "Preparing to Teach for Global Competency," been a teaching assistant for preservice teachers in education policy and methods and assessments, worked on research projects that aimed to build relationships between local North Carolina schools and Latino immigrant families, and has served on the education committee for the Refugee Community Partnership, a grassroots organization that provides educational and social services to relocated Burmese and Karen refugees. She has had various international educational experiences, including studying abroad in London, volunteering in schools and after-school educational programs Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Dominica, and working as a trip leader for high school student summer abroad experiences in Israel and Nicaragua.