|Address||PO Box 20776 |
Seattle, Washington 98102, United States
Jul 19, 2021 12:02pm
|Info||Growing up in Topeka, Kansas, I was raised in a large extended family of people who risked their lives by speaking up for what was right. Surrounded by social workers, nurses, law enforcement officers, teachers, and relatives who proudly served in the Armed Forces, my family instilled in me a love of learning and the spirit of public service. Finishing homework and practicing piano was a requirement before I could go out and play. |
I attended public schools from middle school through graduate school at the University of Washington. Only twice did I see a teacher who looked like me in my entire K-12 education. I experienced racism and discrimination in the classroom, but thanks to my own resilience, I persisted. Our students shouldn’t have to operate in resiliency mode just to succeed in our public schools. We must do better for our kids.
My experiences in public schooling informed my future work as a Midwife, Social Worker, Maternal-Child Health professional, PTA member, and public servant