Kori Hamilton is a writer and editor for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY). She has a love and passion for children, particularly those typically marginalized. Her desire to improve the experiences that children have in school led her to pursue her doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University. Her hope is that her work in education has meaning and directly touches the lives of children.
Working as a secondary teacher in South Central Los Angeles brought some of the best times in my life. I gained a perspective from students that dispelled my assumptions about their thoughts and feelings. I remember when I first set foot on the middle school campus, fresh out of college and excited to begin my work in the classroom, I encountered a question that I had not anticipated. At least one student would ask daily for the first week, “Are you our real teacher?” I would answer their question with a question. “Whose name do you see written on your schedule?” “Hamilton”, they would respond. “I am Hamilton. And yes, I am your real teacher.” Read more