Pedro Dones is a middle school mathematics teacher and teacher leader at the Academy for Personal Leadership and Excellence in the Bronx. Teaching in the same Bronx district where he attended school, Dones has a unique ability to relate to his students. During remote learning, Dones encouraged colleagues to have a mindset centered on empathy, compassion, and be creative in their efforts to reach students. He created a YouTube channel where his students can access math tutorials, which also allows him to maintain his connection with students, particularly by incorporating his wrestling alter ego, “The BIG Action,” into lessons. Dones was recognized as a New York City Department of Education 2020 Big Apple award recipient for his work during the pandemic school year, and has since been featured in such media publications as the Washington Post, CCN, and Time Magazine.