Tracey Pendley says part of her job as Georgia’s 2020 Teacher of the Year is to speak out about the concerns of students, teachers and parents.
On Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Pendley, a fourth-grade teacher and an ex-officio Georgia Board of Education member, talked with show host Rose Scott about her background and passion for teaching.
She also shared her thoughts about the Georgia Board of Education’s recent move to pass a resolution banning Critical Race Theory from being taught in K-12 public schools.
“I was the first to speak out against the resolution,” Pendley said. “I’ve received hundreds of emails from stakeholders across the state opposing this resolution.”
The veteran educator further explained why she feels CRT should be taught in schools and discussed the importance of combating systemic racism.
“We owe our kids the very best, and the best way to do that is to acknowledge those systemic barriers, and make sure we are taking steps to tear them down,” said Pendley.
To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.