I have ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower. I am an American. My ancestor, William Pace, was a bodyguard for George Washington. I am an American. I am told I have Cherokee blood running through my veins. I am an American. I am a third generation University of Arkansas alum. I am a proud Arkansan. I have a brother-in-law who came to the states as a toddler. He became an American. Twice. I have another brother-in-law who came over as an adult. He would love nothing more than to be treated like an American.
My parents spent their careers in education. As a kid, I couldn't get away with anything at school without them hearing about it. So I rebelled. I earned a business degree. I entered the business world for a time. Then I realized that my whole calling in life is to serve. I became a teacher. I love what I do. Urie Bronfenbrenner said, "Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her." I completely agree.
I am in my 10th year in education. The first six years were spent in public schools throughout Arkansas. However, I have spent the last four years teaching at the Juvenile Detention Center. Those kids teach me a whole lot more than I teach them. I have a unique perspective on both education and detention. We have successfully built a school to prison pipeline. It needs to be dismantled.