Caroline James grew up in foster care in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. Ultimately, she was able to overcome a multitude of obstacles to attend the University of Alabama. Caroline joined the 2012 Greater New Orleans-Mississippi Delta corps, where she taught fifth grade at Success Preparatory Academy. Her ability to connect with her students and cultivate a classroom of achievement led to her winning the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. This past year, Caroline was named a Gates Cambridge Scholar and will study "practical ways to democratize education at the classroom, school, and policy level."