A. Tooley works toward creating an anti-bias curriculum for their classroom and for K–5 educators. They focus on designing and integrating units for elementary classrooms that incorporate identity, diversity, justice and action. They began their teaching career in Apple Valley, CA in 2014 in an elementary classroom. In 2018, Tooley moved to Los Angles and now teaches within the Los Angeles Unified School District in the elementary classroom. They were a part of the January 2019 teacher strike and have continued their work to bring equity, access and integrated units into their classroom and
Dr. Gregg Ferguson is the daughter of West Virginia Human Rights Commission Judge, the late Gail M. Ferguson, and community activist and educator, Warne L. Ferguson. She is a mother, fiancé, sister and friend to people who serve their communities with an unwavering dedication to issues of equity and social justice. Ferguson is currently an adjunct for the psychology department of West Virginia State University and is a member of Marshall University’s Activists’ Archives. As a certified counselor and teacher, as well as an educational and environmental activist, she also consults for various
Dorothy H. Price is a writer. Her first picture book, NANA'S FAVORITE THINGS, was published by Eifrig Publishing in 2016. In 2019, Dorothy was one of three picture book authors out of more than 100 applicants selected for the We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program. Of all Dorothy's grown-up jobs, teaching high school English was her favorite. She cherishes the memories created during those classroom years, and of course, the great stories she and her students read. If you can't find her writing or reading kidlit, she's definitely at a sporting event with her hubs, cheering for her two
Teaching Tolerance depends on the feedback and support of an important group of teachers, school counselors and psychologists, librarians, school- and district-level administrators and education professors: the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board. These educators and leaders volunteer their time to review our resources, try our curriculum and act as ambassadors for TT. Our 2019-2021 Advisory Board is a group of 31 educators who represent a range of grade levels, regions and voices. They demonstrate incredible commitment to social justice in their classrooms and communities, and we’re honored to
Renée Gokey is the Teacher Services coordinator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. She is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and is also Shawnee, Sac-n-Fox and Myaamia from her paternal Grandparents. In 2000, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico in Anthropology and Native American Studies, where she also began studying and performing flamenco dancing. She received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Transformative Teaching) from George Mason University in 2018. She has been working with
Maryam Asenuga is an undergraduate senior at Duke University, where she created the nation's first undergraduate Pride Invitational for prospective LGBTQIA+ students. Maryam is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Arabic. She is interested in policymaking and implementation and activism. In her free time, Maryam mentors and teaches refugee youth in mathematics and science and aids in their transition to American culture.
Dr. Rodney Trice is an educator with 20 years of experience as a high school teacher, principal, and central office administrator. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Morehouse College and a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Trice earned his doctorate in 2005 in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has a passion for advancing equity leadership as a means to interrupt unjust educational systems and structures. Dr. Trice is currently the assistant superintendent for equity affairs for Wake
Talla Cisse is an educator and graduate student in Wilmington, Delaware, and a 2019 Lee Summer Fellow at Teaching Tolerance. Talla taught American history as a founding teacher for Apex Collegiate Academy in Baton Rouge. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in policy at the University of Delaware. In his free time, Talla works with the Delaware Youth Advocacy Council students to develop a deep understanding of the landscape of education policy and the advocacy process.
Janice Cohn is a psychotherapist and writer. She is the author of The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate (Whitman, 1995), which recounts the true story of events that took place in Billings, Montana, during the 1993 holiday season. For information about her professional background, visit www.drjanicecohn.com.