Black History Month panel

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Join MoNique, Vera, LaNesha, and Naomi as they dive into an important discussion around teaching Black history at the primary level. They will be answering questions gathered from YOU and sharing their own experiences from the classroom.

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Vera Ahiyya

Vera has taught Kindergarten and first grade for the last 15 years in Austin, Boston, and Brooklyn. Vera’s online presence is dedicated to influencing other educators by spreading her vast knowledge and love of diverse children’s books. Vera’s unwavering commitment to social justice and diversity is also the focal point of her professional development presentations for other educators. Vera lives in Brooklyn with her husband Lonnell and her dog, Mozi.

Naomi O'Brien

Naomi has been teaching at the primary level for over 10 years. She has acquired an ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement, a Gifted and Talented endorsement, and an Early Childhood Education endorsement as well. She prides herself on the relationships she builds with kids and their parents/guardians, being culturally responsive, having high expectations for all of her students, and being a learner always. She doesn’t ever teach the same thing the exact same way the following year. Naomi always strives to improve her practice. She uses a combination of technology, student focused teaching, and engaging strategies to yield incredible results from her students. When she isn’t teaching, she writes curriculum for elementary educators and advocates for racial justice.

LaNesha Tabb

LaNesha Tabb is an apron donning primary educator from Indianapolis, Indiana. She has served the past 14 years in grades kindergarten through third grade. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. LaNesha holds leadership roles at the district and school level as a lead learner for new initiatives. She is a two-time Teacher of the Year awardee (2012 and 2019). LaNesha is a published author with the release of her new book, Unpack Your Impact and her children's book, Alpert. LaNesha is the content creator behind Education With An Apron where she creates fresh and innovative teaching resources. When LaNesha is not in the classroom teaching kindergarten, you can find her speaking at education conferences all over the United States, sharing teaching strategies and ideas on her social media channels, and serving as a wife and mom to her two young children. LaNesha whole-heartedly believes that little children can do BIG things, have BIG thoughts, and carry out BIG conversations. This belief embedded throughout the work that she widely shares with educators.

MoNique Waters

MoNique is a primary educator from Ohio. She has 7 years of experience teaching kindergarten. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. MoNique has acquired a reading endorsement and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. MoNique is extremely passionate about teaching and believes that her classroom learning environment should be fun, engaging, promote growth and a love for learning. She strongly believes that building relationships is the foundation to a successful classroom where students feel seen and heard. When MoNique is not teaching she loves sharing her passion for teaching with other educators through her various social media platforms. MoNique also enjoys spending time with her family and friends!

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