Date of Award

Summer 2020

Degree Type

Open Access Master's Thesis

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Abstract

This writing is a narrative that retells different stages throughout my life, including the different experiences I have endured being a graduate student and a first-year teacher at the same time. Its purpose is to share my journey from the beginning to the end of my first year as a teacher. I share my reflections as I continuously look back on how I began to slowly-but surely-develop my criticality lens. While being a graduate student [of color] in a space that was historically and intentionally not created for me, this roller coaster ride has been anything but easy. However, I have acquired a vast amount of knowledge that I would not have imagined a few years ago. Throughout this work, I share glimpses of my life and how all of it has shaped me into pushing me to do the constant work that is required so that I can continue working towards becoming not only a critical social justice educator, but an advocate for my students, an ally for students of color who do the best they can to navigate the educational system, and anti-racist [educator].

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