Each month, TC spotlights a teacher who excels at cultivating inclusion or antiracism in their classroom. This month, Stormie Sutton shared some wisdom with us!
TC: How long have you been teaching and what grades do you teach?
SS: I have been teaching for 6 years. I have taught 6th grade for all 6 years; it is my passion and my absolute favorite grade/age to teach!
TC: What’s your favorite way to cultivate diversity, inclusion, or anti-racism in your classroom?
SS: I try to teach everything from social studies to math through an anti-racist lens. However, my favorite way to cultivate diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in my classroom is through picture books. I know that sounds crazy for 6th graders but they love it and it works! Picture books facilitate a simple, accessible, and engaging way to tackle difficult topics.
TC: What advice do you have for teachers who are just starting out when it comes to prioritizing inclusion or anti-racism?
SS: My advice for new teachers who are just starting their anti-racist teaching journey is simply this: do the work yourself first. Read all the books, decolonize your brain, and commit to educating yourself before educating your students.
TC: What is your favorite book?
SS: Picking one is hard, but my favorite YA book is Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” and my favorite picture book is Lupita Nyong’s, “Sulwe.”
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