Dr. Laila Thompson is a mathematics enthusiast who has worked in higher education and mathematics education for almost two decades. Dr. Thompson earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University and my M.Ed. and B.S. degrees in Secondary Mathematics Education from Fayetteville State University. She has spent the majority of her career working in teacher education, serving as a NOYCE scholar mentor, a model classroom teacher, and mentor for beginning mathematics teachers. She served as a mathematics instructional coach, a practicum supervisor, and a methods lecturer for prospective teachers. Dr. Thompson's work with marginalized and non-traditional learners has been recognized by school districts throughout the country, and her service in grades K-16 education exemplifies a commitment to equity and access. She was the recipient of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher. Her research examines the intersection of content-related physical activity, embodied cognition, and algebraic conceptual systems.