Subtractive Bilingualism

I’ve kind of always wanted to be a teacher. My parents have always been fierce advocates for education – something I carry with me. A lot of my family didn’t have the opportunity to go to school, so I feel obligated (and happily oblige) to dedicate part of my life to lift up those who struggle.

It is also quite strange being mixed and I find it difficult to find my any one place I fit in. Too Mexican for the White kids, too White for the Mexican kids. But I’ve always felt more Latina.

As a social justice educator I hope to create a welcoming, multicultural classroom that invites people from all backgrounds and promotes diversity and knowledge of culture.


Storyteller Alyssa Scharf is a grad student working in a kindergarten classroom at a private school.

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