Corrie Whitfield

Aurora Public Schools Teacher/Instructional Coach. I teach our most impressionable learners in early childhood. I got into teaching as a way to fight against educational injustices. I wanted to ensure that equitable practices were instilled in an effort to chip away at the opportunity gap.

What role do you play in education?

I am an ECE/kindergarten teacher and an instructional coach. 

How long have you been in education? 

I’ve been in education for 20 years. 

Why do you think education is important? 

It’s important because we’re shaping what’s going to become the future. We need to do as best as we can to provide all students with everything necessary for their development. 

What do you love most about your role in education?

I love that I can just be free and have fun with my kids. It’s a mutual exchange of teaching and learning together.

What is the best advice you have received about impacting the education sector? 

The best advice I’ve received is to just be yourself. 

What advice would you give the younger generation about their education? 

 Don’t be afraid to question adults and don’t be afraid to push back. I actually teach my daughter that now and she’s in high school. Adults don’t always have all the right answers. I always encourage young people, at any age, to push back and ask questions. I ask my five-year-olds in my classroom to ask me a question and if I don’t know it’s okay, I can be wrong. Just ask me and push back. 

Interview By Kenya Fashaw

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