Florence is a teacher on special assignment for justice-informed youth and holds credentials as an Educational Specialist, Literacy Specialist, Ethnic Studies Educator and Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development. After 22 years in the classroom, in 2012 she was selected by the State of California as a Teacher of the Year out of 300,000 educators in the state. She has provided instruction in a residential treatment program, probation juvenile halls and camps, and is currently at a mental health probation facility. Florence credits the men and women throughout her life that helped her see beyond south-east Los Angeles: her mother, her committed teachers and ancestors. Forence now helps students growing up in similar situations and neighborhoods see beyond the now.