Tenaya K. Vallery is a chemistry teacher and co-director of the Engineering, Design, and Innovation (EDI) Fellows at Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, VA. She graduated Mount Holyoke College in 2010 with a B.A. in Biochemistry and Yale in 2018 with a Ph.D. inn Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, advised by Dr. Joan A. Steitz. During her graduate work, she applied her understanding of RNA and microscopy to ask research questions regarding RNA. Her research focused on the regulation of both host and viral gene expression by the Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), shedding light onto spatial and temporal activities of viral transcripts, including messenger and noncoding RNAs, during the lytic phase. Today she teaches Introductory Chemistry (10th Grade) and co-directs the EDI Fellows Program, which is a curriculum of science and technology blended with civic-engagement and leadership. She is also the lead teacher and designed of a Maymester Course, the Appalachian Trail. She is hoping to incorporate more research into her work and is pursuing a joint career in scientific writing. She is also an avid hiker and yogi in her spare time.