An Open Letter to Teachers during a Global Pandemic

My Dear Fellow Educator, I see you.  You are the one over there at home trying to take care of yourself and your family in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. You may not be a healthcare provider or first responder, but you are used to being in the frontline of the daily battle to [...]

Peru: The Place

In light of all that is happening in the world, I want to say first that I pray you and yours are well. This is a very uncertain time for so many, and I know we are all reeling from the unexpected changes. While schools are closed and we are all encouraged to distance ourselves [...]

Peru: The Journey

I have flown more miles and walked more steps to get to a destination than I did to get to the Amazon jungle, but I have never made a journey quite like this one! Three plane rides, a bus ride, and a boat ride later, we made it to the village of 9 de Octubre. [...]

The Danger of a Single Story: Stereotypes and Misconceptions in (and out of) the Classroom

Rewind. Setting: Small-town Texas, the summer of 2012, a living room full of family members. I was making  my rounds visiting loved ones after living in Mexico City for four years, telling stories and talking about my experiences.  “So when I was at Walmart one day - ” I started. “Wait, where?”   “Walmart...:” “There was [...]

Why Multicultural Education?

The first time I remember modifying curriculum to fit my students’ needs was during my fourth year of teaching. It was my last year living in Mexico, and I had a small group of seniors whom I had taught since they were freshmen. Predominantly female and predominantly born to Korean parents living in Central America, [...]