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How College Students Are Diversifying The Teacher Workforce In Kansas City

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Khalil Jones had been teaching English Language Arts to his East High School students from his bedroom in Kansas City. He has since returned to in-class teaching.

The student population in this country is growing more diverse and there are advantages to students seeing themselves in their teachers.

Two fellows from the Walton Family Foundation's teacher diversity initiative describe their first experiences teaching that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Maria Martinez, Emporia State student, teaching kindergarten at Mark Twain Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Khalil Jones, UMKC student, teaching at East High School, Kansas City, Missouri.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.