I am a doctoral candidate in the Critical and Socio-Cultural Studies in Education Program at the University of Oregon, a highly-competitive program that focuses on qualitative research methods as they are applied to education, curriculum, pedagogy, public policy, and other related fields. The thematic focus that unifies my work is to empower teachers as critical curriculum creators. My own research is focused on how teachers enact anti-racist curriculum in their classrooms. It is my goal to develop and instruct teacher education courses that position future educators to better enact and adapt their own anti-racist curriculum.
Prior to enrolling in this program, I was a classroom teacher in fifth grade English/Language Arts and Social Studies at Howe School of Excellence in the Austin Neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. Most of the images of students on these pages are from my time there. I fell in love with my students and have many stories to tell from that time. I experienced joy working in those schools, as well as frustration and moments of acute loss when events took students out of the reach of our care. Unfortunately, the tools that were available for assessing student needs and developing educational responses were inadequate to the complexity of the pedagogical, curricular, and political challenges we faced. This is what motivated me to seek a Ph.D. and study the relationship between teacher knowledge, teacher education, and anti-racist teaching practice.