UW SACNAS Student Chapter Blog

On Monday, March 12th, I spent an entire day in lead teacher Brandon Blake‘s full day classroom at the Denise Louie Education Center in the International District of Seattle. Denise Louie is a Head Start Center, and this was a multi-lingual classroom. The classroom is a diverse group of students. The classroom is comprised of 42% Chinese students, 11% Vietnamese students, 26% White students, 11% Black students and 11% Latino students. 68% of the students in the classroom’s first language was a language other than English, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and Amharic.  The teachers also represent a wide variety of ethnicities: Uzbek, ethnically Chinese from Vietnam, Mexican, and a substitute present in the class who was Vietnamese. And then there is Brandon, who is a 3rd generation American of Russian/Polish Jewish descent.

As the long-time partner of a preschool teacher (Brandon), I’m no stranger to the classroom, but I’ve…

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