Researcher ORCID Identifier

Date of Award

Summer 2020

Degree Type

Open Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Education, MA


School of Educational Studies

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My parents always emphasized the value of education and the opportunity it could breed. With this in mind, I set out within my community and hometown, teaching at the very same high school I graduated from. My background directly shapes the educator I am, the values I hold, and the biases that may impact me. Through student research, I was able to look at three case studies and glean insight as to how to better serve my specific kids. I reflected on my community, school, and classroom allowing me to inspect the different layers impacting my students and how to navigate them. Reflecting on my research as a whole I was able to further develop my commitment as a social justice educator. Ultimately what I hope to describe in this ethnography is the benefits, reasoning, and tangible approaches to shifting education from theoretical to practical.