Margaret Thornton earned her PhD in educational administration and supervision at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia, where she served as a graduate researcher assistant to the University Council for Educational Administration Headquarters Office. During her time as a doctoral student, Margaret completed a historical study of Charlottesville’s gifted program which led to equity-focused changes in the citywide program. Margaret’s other research interests include equity-focused school leadership development, school leadership for detracking, and critical race theory. Prior to beginning her studies, she worked in detracking programs in Central Virginia in both teaching and leadership capacities. An alumna of AmeriCorps, Margaret volunteers with several non-profits, including the wraparound educational service program City of Promise. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and her M.Ed. in Secondary English Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia.