Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - NLU Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Terry Jo Smith

Second Advisor

Mary Ann Kahl

Third Advisor

Eleanor Binstock



This auto-ethnographic inquiry into race and culture in public education chronicles the ways in which racism permeates nearly every aspect of schooling. By researching her life and career as a professional educator within a racially charged educational environment, the researcher provides insight into everyday racism through colored lenses. The question this research endeavors to answer is, “What can I learn about the impacts of racism on school culture by looking back at and analyzing critical incidents in my professional career as an educator?” Her research sheds light on interconnected relationships between teachers, administrators, students, families, school structures and curriculum. True to the goals and style of auto-ethnography, the researcher renders interpretations of school life through the weaving of lived experience, reflection, poetry, theory and research that reveal both the author’s consciousness and sensibilities and the highly racialized culture in which she lives and works.