ELA teachers, Ms. Hesse and Mrs. McCartney lead the Global to Local initiative at Excelsior Academy. Mrs. McCartney strives to help her students recognize the power of civic involvement, understand how to recognize and address injustice, and develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to enact positive change in their community and beyond. Having worked in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District for over 10 years, Ms. Hesse is the founding ELA teacher at Excelsior Academy. She feels incredibly fulfilled when she sees that spark light in a student’s eyes. The commitment Ms. Hesse and Mrs. McCartney have to social justice and their students is contagious.