Laycee Thigpen MS. Ed. is an education consultant, poet, and researcher. She focuses her work on developing racially inclusive environments for early childhood students, families, and educators and combating biases and stereotypes in early childhood classrooms. Laycee has years of experience teaching in childcare and Head Start, directing a summer program, being a supervisor, instructor, and coach for both pre-service and in-service teachers. Laycee continues to challenge and motivate educators. She was a classroom teacher in childcare and Head Start for 8 years in the Southern Illinois Area. Since 2020, she has instructed pre-service and in-service teachers as a field placement supervisor and adjunct instructor, coached apprentices to earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, designed and directed a Summer Program for children, and provided training on equity, diversity, and inclusion.