May 2, 2023

Please join us on Monday, May 8th, from 5-6 pm PST for a Teachers of Color panel hosted by the Future Teachers of Color (FTOC) group at the University of Washington. Come learn from teachers of Color who are committed to educational justice and will share their experiences in the teaching profession, provide advice for future teachers, share their work in coalition building with students, families, and community members, and share the joys of teaching. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, & Pacific Islander undergraduate students, graduate teacher-ed candidates, early-career teachers, and members of our broader BIPOC community in Seattle and beyond are welcome to join! 

FTOC Panelists:

Brenda Nelson is a middle school special education teacher in Seattle, WA. Prior to becoming a classroom teacher, she was an Instructional Assistant for many years. Brenda has cultivated a deep relationship with her school community, having personally attended the school during her youth, and her children as well. Brenda is a supportive force in her community who has honed her teaching practice while also mentoring early-career educators. 

Jessica Stovall is a doctoral candidate at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. Her work in education draws on the discipline of Black Studies to explore how Black teachers create fugitive spaces to navigate and combat antiblackness at their respective school sites, and she collaborates with Black teacher organizations in the Bay Area. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Jessica taught high school English for 11 years in the Chicagoland area.

Kaity Cassio-Igari is an elementary music specialist and racial equity clinician in Seattle, WA. Her graduate research at the University of Washington focused on Culturally Responsive Teaching and professional development, and she holds certificates in Kodály and World Music Pedagogy. She is in her 8th year of teaching and currently is a co-lead within the UW’s EduDesign program for in-service BIPoC teachers and provides professional development for music teachers in the Seattle area.

Tasha – Santasha Dhoot (She/Her/Hers) is a Punjabi Sikh first-grade teacher in the Bellevue School District. She graduated from the University of Washington’s Elementary Teacher Education Program (ELTEP) with a Masters in Teaching. Alongside Tasha’s role as a classroom teacher, she is also actively involved in the teachers union as an executive board member and helped lead the Educators of Color network in the district.

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