Rachel Oppenheim spent several years as a public school teacher in urban inclusive and bilingual classrooms in Compton, California and New Orleans, Louisiana. While pursuing her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University, she developed a passion for working with both current and emergent educators, helping them develop their pedagogical skills, and facilitating a deep commitment to high standards and equitable practices for all students. For over a decade she has been teaching adult incarcerated people, first in New York City on Rikers Island and now in Washington through the University Beyond Bars program. Her scholarly interests revolve around identity, power, and fostering educational equity for those who have experienced structural discrimination and marginalization. Her research has focused on the educational lives of incarcerated women as well as on investigating correctional education and scrutinizing the ways that schooling is positioned in US jails and prisons.