Michele Lamons-Raiford, Author at The Educators Room

About Michele Lamons-Raiford

Michele Lamons-Raiford is a hearing American Sign Language (ASL) and English teacher at Pinole Valley High School in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. She has been a High School teacher for the past nineteen years, as well as an Adjunct Instructor at Solano Community College for the past fourteen years. She has a BA and MA in English from Cal State University Sacramento, and teaching credentials in English and ASL from Cal State University East Bay.

What Teachers Can Learn from Naomi Osaka

Like seemingly everything else, issues surrounding the importance of mental health have been highlighted to an unprecedented level during this pandemic.  Some might consider athletes, celebrities, and influencers an unlikely source for teachable moments, but the importance of those like Naomi Osaka is the perfect real-time, relatable, and relevant stories teachers should pay close attention [...]

Exploring the Commonalities Found Within Diversity in a Classroom

My students are so diverse, and yet many with shared experiences.  As a teacher, I soon learned to explore these diversities to find even more commonalities. The southeast Asian girl who wore the Hijab felt the same stares as the girl who demonstrated her own form of modesty by purposely not wearing makeup. The unnaturally [...]

By |2021-06-01T12:20:55-04:00June 1st, 2021|Instruction & Curriculum|0 Comments

Teachers Don’t Need More Mugs, They Need Respect and Empathy for Teacher Appreciation Week

“I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn 4 affection” (Tupac Shakur).  No matter the profession, everyone wants to feel valued, to know that someone appreciates their efforts, and to think that their labors have not been in vain.  As teachers, we can [...]

By |2021-05-04T00:46:46-04:00May 4th, 2021|Instruction & Curriculum|1 Comment

Opinion: Two Men in Uniform: The Lessons Black Educators Have to Teach Students

Two men in uniform.  One with visible hands raised in an effort to avoid any “misunderstandings”, and the other literally holding the other’s life at the end of the chamber in his gun.  One clearly serving his country and one perpetuating the stereotype so many hold about law enforcement officers.  As the daughter of a [...]

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