Mary Ross Olsen, Kindergarten Teacher, concludes.
(What good, if any, will come from this?)
"I have HUGE feelings about equity and equality and want to by an ally as our country faces systemic racism. As a kindergarten teacher I feel the responsibility to be honest and accept my own failings, my own blind spots to the privileges that I have grown up with. As a kindergarten teacher I believe that I can examine myself and my teaching practice and be better at admitting what I don't know, what I don't understand and have uncomfortable conversations without shying away.
I've been fortunate to teach in the same school for 24 years and have made connections, friendships and long lasting relationships with kids and families. On a regular basis I see students and families from past years. Whether I get a graduation announcement, hugs from past students just "saying hi" as they go to class, or even some of my first students who are in their mid/late 20's who stop to visit... it is a treasure. I wouldn't ask for a different profession no matter the challenges faced. I hope I can be a positive force in this world. And I plan to work to be the teacher that all students deserve."