About Me

Children have an acute sense of justice and teachers have the special opportunity to foster their development for the benefit of humanity. As an ELA Instructional Specialist for the 2020-2021 school year, I designed curriculum and recorded over 150 reading lessons for elementary teachers to use during remote learning instruction. All lessons were connected to the Social Justice Standards and highlighted diverse cultural perspectives. This page summarizes my insights gained from that experience, my participation in the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, and my training in Ethnic Studies. I am striving to show that all forms of knowing are respected, affirmed and honored and am purposely prioritizing our most marginalized communities as we work toward radical healing in our society.

I am a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy with a Masters in Elementary Education, Bachelor's in History and have taught primary and middle school grades. I'm currently a 5th grade teacher and studied with XITO Institute to teach Ethnic StudiesMy life has been guided by deep spiritual beliefs in unity, equity, and justice from the Baha'i teachings. I am a mother of two beautiful children and married to the most loving person who supports and enhances all my work. I am also a partner in VIEW Consulting which supports school leaders in centering equity and anti-racist practices within their school and community. I hope that this site assists teachers and parents in providing education that leads to raising a new generation focused on building a world that reflects the essential oneness of humanity.

-Dena Harris

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