High School Chemistry Teacher & Ph.D. Candidate
Tell Me More: I was actually pre-med. I shadowed a friend in the ICU through rotations. After my 3rd year, I canceled the MCAT and transitioned into a Master’s in Education. I just finished my 5th year teaching. The first kids I taught are now graduating. I teach in a Title 1 school with lots of diversity, and 68% of the student population requiring lunch assistance. It’s good to see them overcoming obstacles and heading to college.
Why Teaching? I’m interested in culturally responsible education. Institutional racism bleeds into education. We need to teach teachers how to better serve diverse populations of students. Teacher populations are largely white, 92% in my district. Student populations aren’t close to those numbers. The same problem with a lack of people of color in science exists in education. Representation matters.
Why I March For Science: Teaching science equates to teaching critical thinking. We can teach kids to think, analyze evidence, and argue data. Culturally responsible educators can help shape smart, thinking activists. I want to help improve accessibility to students of all colors and backgrounds to science and education.