About Miss Harmon
With over thirteen years of teaching experience across three continents, my teacher tool kit is amply full of too much to keep to myself. My students, ages ranging between 4-56 years old, have all given me invaluable life lessons and vital professional exposure which fuel my passion as an educator to do good work. They’ve also given me the incentive to learn more about how better to get information off the board and into their heads. More importantly, teaching offers an opportunity for exponential influence. So no matter the content area, I promote empathy, compassion and inquiry in everything that I do. I want all my students to be critical thinkers and conscientious global citizens.
Though all the students I’ve encountered in my practice have proven to have the same humanistic needs no matter the culture, age, gender, or religion, I can’t help but notice how students (little and big) who look like me suffer greatly across this globe for lack of resources and advocacy on their behalf. Black Students Matter, and it’s my duty to offer whatever services I can to empower black students, black parents, and the educators of black children in academic systems spanning across the globe that fail to serve them fairly. I stand for diversity, equity and inclusion! I help schools and organizations develop and align their missions with curriculum, tangible goals, and practices that create fairer learning environments for black students and students of color.
Lastly, I travel… a lot. I’m not quite sure if I would call myself wanderlustFULL. Resorts have little appeal to me since discovering how much I enjoy the big privilege of observing the earth’s diverse cultures when putting my feet to the ground in the places I go. I love the stories that strangers tell. Maybe that funky South African psychic was right about me. Athele said, “I can see that you are the type of person who just likes to pull back the curtains, open doors and peek at what’s unseen.”
EASY TEACHING TOOLS FOR ESL PROVIDERS
Scripted and Filmed by Valerie Harmon
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Created by Valerie Harmon