In this episode, Tania talks to Charisma Joy Ross about the Importance of having Teachers of Color.

Charisma Joy Ross was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is the wife of Reid, the mother of two girls and the daughter of Panamanian immigrants. She holds a B.A. in English and a J.D., where she had a special interest in Family Law during her time in grad school. Her family ventured to Seattle, Washington at the end of 2019 and have been enjoying the Pacific Northwest. She is thankful for the community of the Latona Co-op, and hopes to be the type of person who does justice, loves kindness, and walks humbly with her God. 



1. Seizing Freedom (podcast) quote from Robert Hamilton, editor of the Weekly Anglo-African

NPR Articles

1. To Get To College, It Helps Black Students To Have A Black Teacher Early On by Mayowa Aina
January 11, 2019
2. Research Paper from National Bureau of Economic Research (referenced in NPR article) multiple researchers see link to paper 
The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers
3. Having Just One Black Teacher Can Keep Black Kids In School
by Anya Kamenetz April 10, 2017

The Atlantic Article

1. Why Schools Need More Teachers of Color—for White Students
Nonwhite educators can offer new and valuable perspectives for children of all backgrounds.
by Melinda D. Anderson
 August 6, 2015