May 23, 2022 6:25 AM EDT

Quinta Brunson is more than a writer, producer, actor, and comedian. She’s a student and a master of her craft. A game changer in network television. Smart and funny as hell, in that order. She’s a Swiss Army knife that can—and does—do it all.

And while she’s doing it, she’s elevating everyone her work touches. In Abbott Elementary, the show she created and stars in, she uses comedy to shine a light on big issues in public education in a very real, relatable way—not to put down, but to give hope that we can do better. Better to support our teachers, wrap around our students and their families, and deliver the education they all deserve.

Rozette Rago

That’s the real beauty of Quinta’s brilliance. Using humor and nuance to connect people over everyday realities in order to improve them—for students, teachers, creators, and everyone who comes after her.

Because it’s all about opening doors. Breaking down barriers. And doing it with love, kindness, and compassion. While still being an absolute boss like QB.

James is an NBA player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and a co-founder of the I Promise School

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