Teacher Narrative: Jamie
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Jamie, a gay African American from an urban, low-income background, teaches in a predominantly white, Jewish, suburban New England town. He describes feelings of outsiderness including how he becomes the “go to” token person of color in his school or how his students will interact with him in the way they see African Americans are depicted interacting in pop culture. Jamie is able to leverage his gender and education for status, but is constantly aware of his outsiderness. He describes methods and techniques for navigating his classroom and environment.