Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of my teaching. I am committed to fostering a learning environment that promotes acceptance and accessibility for students of all backgrounds, identities, abilities, and experiences. As a teacher of writing and literature, one of my central goals is to make sure that my students understand that their voices matter. I work to help them use their voices as readers, writers, and critical thinkers to join in cultural conversations that hold meaning in their scholastic, professional, local, and global communities.
I believe that learning is not a one-way process in which students are passive recipients; instead, I envision the classroom as the site of what David Lusted defines in “Why Pedagogy?” as “the interaction of three agencies – the teacher, the learner and the knowledge they together produce” (3). It is important to me that my students recognize their own agency in their learning and come to see themselves as collaborators and creators with unique contributions to make in our classroom and beyond.