Kilikakina has been developing her passion for educational equity since high school, where she was enrolled in an early childhood preschool program for three years. After graduating, she attended Holyoke Community College, earning her associate degree in early childhood education. This is when she began to teach directly, making an impact in her first preschool classroom. Kilikakina then attended Westfield State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with a minor in psychology. During this time, Kilikakina transitioned into working in the special education field, aiding as a paraprofessional at Easthampton Public Schools. She moved to Memphis in 2017 to join Teach For America, where she taught four years in the classroom as a kindergarten phonics teacher and then as a lead pre-kindergarten teacher in both Whitehaven and North Memphis. Beyond the classroom, Kilikakina saw the need for change in Memphis education and the direct impact policy can attribute to a child’s learning outcomes. She accepted a Policy and Advocacy Fellowship in 2019 while working for The Memphis Lift. Her experience during the fellowship included meeting educators and policy holders on a local and national level, designing and implementing a workplace policy portfolio for presentation, and interacting in family engagement within the community. Now as a program specialist at ALLMemphis, Kilikakina is using her passion for multisensory and equitable education to further move both teachers and their students in the right direction toward mastering best practices when it comes to literacy instruction.