Kia Widlow: M.A., Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Kia Widlow: M.A., Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

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– I grew up 20 blocks away
from Teachers College. I realized how so few people from the Harlem community
actually come here. I joined TFA in New Orleans and I was placed at a KIPP school and I realized this was something that I didn’t want to leave. So I moved back home. I helped to found the KIPP school that I’m currently working at, and it’s actually right here about 13 blocks away on
133rd, KIPP STAR Harlem. Coming here, I had to learn
how important play was. I took a class called
multicultural education with Training Hand, and
they had me actually observing children while they played. I was sitting there, I was taking notes, and I learned more about
my students in that time than I think I probably
learned through an assessment. Another thing that I
learned at Teachers College is how important it is to
be culturarlly relevant, and it also brings in different narratives and different voices too. So Teachers College has
given me the opportunity to really deepen my
educational philosophy, strengthn the values that I have, The things that I learned
at Teachers College I am bringing to help my
school become even better.

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