What makes up my platform for NISD Trustee?
makes us strong. I am grateful that NISD has wide-ranging elements of diversity. If we, as people, do not seek to capitalize in a positive manner on our differences, then we become stagnant and the original and creative ideas, correct judgement, higher-order thinking, and synthesizing do not seem to flow as quickly, nor as smoothly, nor in large numbers.
One item of Northsides wide-ranging elements of diversity is NISDs commitment to careful consideration of ethnicity/race. I know it is a much-needed component of strength because of some of my experiences with this particular diversity:
If just one element of diversity offers this much strength think what many elements of diversity can do. Think about special program students, gifted and talented students, poverty-stricken students, musically talented students, athletically inclined students, and see the strength in
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- I taught a year at a Black-American university in Houston; I was the only white faculty person, I saw only a few students that were not Black American, I was steeped entirely in a beautiful and different culture, and I gained knowledge about being a minoritytruly stronger with much better teaching ability.
- In the Clear Lake Houston area, I taught MS astronauts' students in the same classes with Vietnam Fishermen's students. Learning to meld the vastly different ethnicity/race and socioeconomics of the cultures, made the classes much more invigorating with multifold learning opportunities.
- I taught at Ross Middle School, which was 90 % Hispanic, 4 % Black American, and 3.5 % Whiteagain steeped in another delightful culture.
- One more example, for many years, I had office space in the building where families and students came in cultural dress and different languages to be tested and placed in Northside ISD. This proved to be extremely valuable to all who came into contact.