Jessica Smock, Ed.D., is a former English teacher. A graduate of the Emma Willard School and Wesleyan University, she received her doctorate in educational policy from Boston University this spring. Her research interests relate to educational inequality, and her dissertation was about a Boston nonprofit that prepares urban kids for New England private schools. A mom to a toddler boy in Buffalo, New York, she writes about parenting, education, and books at her blog, School of Smock. She is also co-editor of The HerStories Project, a book and a blog about female friendship.