Teachers Passion Leads to Native Education Job
Posted on Nov 1 2011 at 08:13:30 AM in Jobs & Careers
Teacher's passion leads to Native education job.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Yatibaey Evans, the new coordinator of the Alaska Native Education program, was in her last semester of pre-med classes at the University of Washington when a thesis project for her major, Comparative History of Ideas, prompted her to change her career path from medicine to education.
An Ahtna Athabascan, originally from Mentasta, Evans' thesis plan was to look into stereotypes that elementary students in grades 5 to 8 held of Native Americans.
“I was interested in preconceptions,” she explained.
To obtain data, Evans visited fifth through eighth grade classrooms in the Seattle area dressed in Native regalia — a summer moosehide dress and beaded moccasins made by her grandmother for her West Valley High School graduation.
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