As part of the Bring Your Legislator To School Day initiative in New York, Lexie Woo hosted State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. at Public School 49 The Dorothy Bonawit Kole School in Brooklyn. In preparation for the visit, we asked Lexie why she was excited to participate in Bring Your Legislator To School Day, here's what she said:

I am excited to host a legislator at my school because this event will help strengthen the school-community bond. BYLTSD will allow Senator Addabbo to visit a variety of educational settings, seeing the many forms of student achievement. He will have the opportunity to watch how educators successfully implement the Common Core State Standards to diverse learning populations. He will also have the chance to speak directly to members of our learning community, answering their questions and asking his own, creating a rich, unfiltered interaction. It is so important for students to know that legislators care about their learning and academic success. This visit is sure to instill that knowledge within our student population and help them realize their importance as members of a larger community outside of school.

Lexie Woo is a Grade 4 special educator at PS 49- The Dorothy Bonawit Kole School in Queens, NYC. She has been teaching for six years, at both middle school and elementary levels. Outside the classroom, Lexie has been working in education policy and research for the past four years. She recently co-authored, "Paths for All: Implementing the Common Core for Unique Student Populations," a policy paper with Educators4Excellence. Additionally, Lexie is a current fellow of a literacy teacher-researchers group, the Literacy Teachers Initiative, at the Institute of Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.