Who am I and what experience do I bring?
Well, let me tell you a little bit more…
I am feminist who knew things weren’t fair in the world, especially in the world of sports, before knowing about Title IX. Once informed about this law, which I obtained in an independent study my junior year of college, I soon became an activist for the cause. With my desire to share the knowledge gained, I co-created a program called Backyards & Beyond with a dear mentor and then professor. This catapulted me into serving on the Board of the Directors for the National Association for Girls & Women in Sport (NAGWS). I was first appointed as their VP of Students and then elected as VP of Inclusion & Social Justice. During this time, I completed a master’s in Sport Studies with an emphasis in Sport Psychology, as well as a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies.
After 18 years of public and private education, my first job was as a Program Coordinator for a Bay Area non-profit that focused on educating and engaging people involved within school communities to create a safe and inclusive space for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. My work there focused on supporting LGBTQ youth in the “coming out” process, training them to facilitate workshops for their peers in classrooms throughout the Bay Area, working with teachers to support such student-led workshops, and curriculum development.
From May 2008 – September 2011, I worked as a researcher for a national non-profit that focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. Since being there, my knowledge and skills have expanded to include data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and collaborative work to further the organization’s mission. Furthermore, my research interests have expanded to include: teacher leadership, communities of practice, the teaching of writing, and school leadership for social justice.
Currently, I’m a researcher at a small liberal arts women’s college (undergraduate only) where again I’m researching a form of teacher-led professional development. It’s been an exciting shift over the last two years as I’ve switched from the content area of writing to math and now have the opportunity to work more closely with teachers as they improve their practice and ultimately, student learning. Who knows where this path will take me next, yet I do know I’ve found a job that supports and encourages my journey of being a perpetual learner.
That said, by day I’m a researcher and by night I’m a writer and artist while knowing there is no denying that I’m a Black queer woman who speaks her mind. I plan to do that here as I integrate both my professional and personal identity in an attempt to be educational, thought-provoking, honest, funny, and sometimes using a critical lens into the world at large and often in education and sport in particular.