Rebecca Padnos Altamirano, MA ’01 (STEP), co-authored a book, Be The Change: Reinventing School for Student Success, with GSE emeritus professor Linda Darling-Hammond, Nicky Ramos-Beban, MA ’92, PhD ’14, and Maria Hyler, PhD ’07. The book chronicles the story of building East Palo Alto Academy (EPAA), a charter school, through the lives of five students. Rebecca was one of the founders of EPAA, where she served as both teacher and administrator, developing academic programs and partnerships, including the Early College Program. Though no longer in the classroom, Rebecca says that she is applying lessons learned from starting a school from scratch to another partnership, Tangelo, an innovation lab where she leads product development teams who deliver mobile applications that focus on health and well-being, education, recycling and connecting people and cultures. Rebecca says it was her recent pleasure to serve on the committee that launched the Stanford GSE Alumni Excellence in Education Award.