Jarah Botello brings more than 14 years of education experience to her role as a teaching and learning specialist for Teaching Tolerance. After earning her B.A. in English and theater from Howard Payne University, Botello began her career as an actress and theater instructor in Denver. She moved to Selma, Alabama, in 2007, where she taught high school and college English and drama for eight years. In Selma, she also co-founded New Expressions, an art program for students of all ages that centers on community service, activism and self-expression. Botello loves all things creative and enjoys serving and encouraging other educators. She holds an M.A. in liberal arts from Auburn University at Montgomery.