Joshua Inocencio, the TCTELA High School Teacher of the Year, is an outstanding teacher of eleventh grade students in AP English Language at Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Joshua’s passion for language arts inspires a love of reading in his students. He spends time in finding diverse texts that will connect with his students. He maintains high expectations and supports learning of critical literacy skills. His work not only leads his student to achieve academically, but also to express themselves and what they stand for. Joshua builds a community where all students feel comfortable and safe sharing their ideas. His work helps foster thoughtful citizens who are ready to participate in a democratic society. He is the kind of teacher every student deserves. Through his expertise and leadership, Joshua is a wonderful example of the TCTELA High School Teacher of the Year.