Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Ashante Griffin came to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue an undergraduate degree in Vocal performance from Clark Atlanta University. After graduating, she attended the University of West Georgia to receive her teacher certification and earn a Master’s degree in Music Education. Ashante began teaching at Mundy’s Mill High School in 2014 as the choral director and assists with other activities and organizations including Student Government, Senior Class, and Prom. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Music Education at Georgia State University. Her research interests are centered on equity in music education and creating music classrooms where students can experience music in the best way possible. She has had the pleasure of presenting her research at GMEA as well as the NAfME national conference. After graduation, Ashante wants to continue her research and empower other educators to implement social justice in their classrooms as well as improving her own teaching practices. In an effort to give back to her alma mater and support the music department, Ashante is also the Vice-President of the Clark Atlanta University Alumni Music Association. She uses her baking business, Shani’s Sweets, as a form of relaxation when she is not working. She also enjoys spending her free time with family, especially her daughter, Gia.