My own elementary school experience was devoid of any form of ethnic studies; in fact, I do not have any memories of my school experience up until college that required me to reflect on my own ethnic identity or learn about the ethnic identities or cultures of my peers. As I begin my journey as a transitional kindergarten (TK) teacher, it is important to me to center the ethnic identities and cultures of my students in the curriculum to ensure that my students do not have the same experience that I did.
My own memories of my elementary school experience informed my decision to center ethnic studies in my classroom. I wondered, what are the perspectives of my students' families on ethnic studies in their child's TK class, and what memories of their own school experiences in relation to their ethnic identity inform their perspectives.
This all led to the creation of my inquiry questions for my research:
I teach Transitional Kindergarten in the SF Bay Area. I recently graduated from Mills College with an MA in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a Multiple Subject Credential.