Hi! I’m April. Thanks for stopping by.
I’m a white (Polish/Irish/German) cishet woman raised in Saint Joseph, MI. I currently live in Austin, TX, with my family after residing in Placencia, Belize for over five years. I live on Tonkawa, Karankawa, and Comanche land (plus more, I’m still searching for information and learning more about Texas).
Since 2007, I’ve taken on a variety of teaching and administrative roles in early childhood and elementary school settings in the United States, South Africa, and Belize. My background is in Special Education & Psychology, and I hold a certification in Mindfulness. I’m currently enrolled in The Center for Cognitive Diversity to earn my certificate as a Trauma Informed Specialist.
As a facilitator of growth and life-long learner, I rely on research backed pedagogies, while always remembering the importance of an individualized, culturally responsive & holistic approach: we must educate the heart, mind, body, and spirit. I believe that to truly change education so it’s accessible, inclusive, and empowers kids to break down systems of oppression, we must decolonize our teaching practices through anti-racist/anti-bias teaching practices and mindsets. This can only be done by amplifying the voices and listening to our community of Black and Indigenous educators, as well as People of Color. We need BIPOC educators in our classrooms. We need LGBTQIA+ educators in our classrooms. We need Disabled educators in our classrooms. We must honor the identities of ALL of our students, and they need to see themselves represented in the books they read, the teachers they have, and the curriculum we teach.
Almost four years ago, I became a parent. Now I’m equally as passionate about raising a conscious, kind, and anti-racist kid who knows that their voice matters. Who knows how to use their voice (and privilege) to break down systems of oppression. I want to empower my child to understand that with each positive action and step forward, they can and will make a difference in the world.
I believe in collaborative action and cultivating a community of trust; one that thrives on nurturing the unique abilities and offerings of each child, while celebrating neurodiversity and striving to be equitable and social justice driven. I’m a work in progress, and I mess up. If you see something problematic, I want to know. I will do better.
What I really want you to know is that I’m an advocate for kids. I’m an advocate for YOUR kid.
Mrs. Brown’s Blog is a safe space to tell stories, reflect on best practices in education, and strive to parent from the heart.
All opinions expressed are my own.