Jennifer Charlton: Jennifer Charlton is a mixed Chicanx Secondary Social Studies Teacher in Seattle Public Schools. She taught at Franklin High School for over a decade and is currently teaching World History and American Government at Nathan Hale High School. Her masters work was in talking about race in the classroom and her current work is focused on decolonization, culturally responsive teaching and centering marginalized voices in the classroom. She gives presentations on ally culture and identity development. In addition, she is an Ethnic Studies curriculum writer for Seattle Public Schools.
Danielle Woods: Danielle Woods is a Kindergarten and First grade teacher at Leschi Elementary. She serves as the facilitator of the Leschi Racial Equity Team, and has lead PDs, and seminars at her school and through the University of Washington around race and equity.
Saraswati Noel: My name is Saraswati Noel and I am a current Ph.D. student in math/multicultural education at the University of Washington and work in their secondary teacher education program. Before this year, I was a middle and high school math educator at Seattle World School (formally Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center), a school that serves recent immigrants and refugees to the U.S. I have always been passionate about immigrant rights and in teaching for both social justice and liberation in my math classroom. To learn more about my work either watch my Ignite Ed talk titled Radical Math: Embedding Social Justice in the Numbers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvFS-ma8bpg&t=1s) or check out my website at saraswatinoel.com
Alma Alonzo: Alma is Filipino-American and has taught in Seattle Public Schools for 15 years. She is currently a Reading Specialist at Van Asselt @AAA Elementary. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Hawaii. She hopes to bring the practices of mindfulness, Non-Violent Communication, and her background knowledge in human and racial identity development to the school/s she partners with
Sarah Lockenvitz: My names is Sarah Lockenvitz. I work at Denny International Middle School in West Seattle. I’ve taught middle school for 19 years in SPS. I care deeply about racial equity because our current system doesn’t reflect the abilities and potential of all of our students. Our students of color continue to be disciplined at higher rates, yet graduate at lower rates. We have to fix the system perpetuating this paradox. I hope to provide my team with strategies in how to support one another as a racial equity team so that teammates can sustain . I also plan to attending meetings – not in order to lead, but to help and support in any way needed. This is hard, rewarding work and we need to support each other as we take on the courageous work.
Bruce Jackson: My name is Bruce Jackson. I have been the lead staff for Aki Kurose Middle School’s Racial Equity team for the past three years. During that time, we have changed the way we present Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, and Math to our students. We have created several ongoing Professional Development opportunities for our staff. We have created opportunities for our staff to look inwardly, and flip the narrative that has been so damaging to our students of color. It as been my mission to do what I can to instill a sense of pride in every student uncertain about which way to go.
Kaitlin Kamalei Jenkins: Kaitlin Kamalei Jenkins is bi-racial, Native Hawaiian and White, and currently a first grade teacher at West Seattle Elementary School. She has a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington. Kaitlin Kamalei has presented at many conferences, including the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), around supporting teachers of color and using multicultural literature in the classroom. She has also completed research about multicultural literature and its use to cultivate cross cultural empathy and cultural empowerment in the K-12 setting. In SPS, she has helped organize for the Black Lives Matter Week of Action and is a curriculum writer for Ethnic Studies. In addition to her racial justice work, Kaitlin Kamalei loves reading, watching movies, spending time with her family and partner, and taking her puppy out for walks.