District/College: Portland Public Schools
Job Assignment/Position: School Social Worker
Local Association: Portland Association Teachers 410
Years of Educator Experience: 7 years
What are three ways you have actively elevated equity?
- I’m a Sparkie!! - Equity Sparks Cohort 3 is in the house!!
- Equity Sparks Facilitator - Cohorts 5 and 6, (and for upcoming cohort 9!)
- Co-facilitated Black Excellence Group for middle schoolers 2021-22
- Served in the Representative Assemblies for both OEA years 2016 and 2019
- Member of the PAT Racial Equity Committee
- Previous OEA Peer Mediator
- Black Woman Educator and Entrepreneur
- Social Work: Clinical Supervisor, MSW Field Supervisor
- Engages in thoughtful collaboration with other community partners/providers whose mission is to provide quality resources and information to the public, with a focus on the Black community.
What is your equity stance?
I believe that every child and every educator is capable of learning and teaching! No matter our ethnicity, culture, lifestyle, or background, there is something to be learned and there is something to be taught. We have to keep our hearts, minds, and eyes open. Staying flexible is my go-to coping skill because in a world of constant and sudden change, my adaptability is the key to staying motivated and inspired. Plus I love to see others be successful and find their joy, children are the best at it, and it is a great thing to witness.
What is your favorite social justice quote?
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
Can you share one equity focused resource or student read that you recommend?
My current favorite young adult authors right now are:
- Renée Watson (Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills and Piecing Me Together)
- Ibram X. Kendi (Stamped)
- Kimberly Johnson (This Is My America)
- My favorite artist is Mickalene Thomas.