My research and teaching focus:
- Literacy practices in early childhood and elementary classrooms, particularly how languages reinforce and/or interrupt racist practices.
Ph.D. – University of South Carolina
M.A.T. – University of South Carolina
B.A. – Emory University
The Early Childhood Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE): Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching (PDCRT)
A national project designed to create a space within NCTE for supporting early childhood educators of color and educators who teach children of color in developing, evaluating, and disseminating culturally relevant literacy practices in pre-k through third grade classrooms.
Pre-Service Teacher’s Preparedness to Teach African American Boys: The Impact of an Urban Collaboration on the Development of Afro-Centered Cultural Knowledge in an Elementary Education Program
The primary purpose of this research is to develop a focused unit of instruction on educating African American males within two sections of a course entitled Multicultural Education: Modifying Instruction for Urban Learners (ELED 4292) that is currently taught in the Reading and Elementary Education Department (REEL) of the College of Education at UNCC.
Whiteness, discourse, and early childhood: An ethnographic study of three young children’s construction of race in home and community settings
This project was a one year ethnographic study looking at how race is constructed during the early years by examining the lives of three young white children in order to identify and examine racialized discourses in their worlds.
The Urban Cohort
This was a one year collaborative project in an Early Childhood Education teacher education program that aimed to recruit and teach students interested in centering their pre-service teacher education program on issues of equity in education.