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Lois Tinson Human Rights Award

Katherine Jordan | Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association


I have a dream. Imagine those words coming out of the mouths of pre-kindergarten students, just babies, whose lives are so full of hope and promise. And not just those powerful words, but the entire speech!

Now imagine them reciting Abraham Lincoln’s Getttysburg Address, “…a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

These same children participate in the Black History Parade, the Cinco de Mayo Parade and the Veterans Parade.

How did they come to be able to recite Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech, or Cesar Chavez’s Garden Prayer or Abe Lincoln’s famous address and how did they come to march in these important parades? The answer is simple: their teacher. Their teacher has taught these and many other important lessons to her Pre-K students for 32 years, and continues to do so.

Additionally, their teacher served on the Ethnic Minority Action Committee (EMAC) in the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association for two terms; serves as alternate member to EMAC in Sierra Service Center; is coordinator of Read Across in Bakersfield; earned Teacher of the Year status, twice, from Bakersfield City School District; two Outstanding Teacher Awards from Kern County; and is Thing One on Dr. Seuss Day.

Who is their teacher? Their teacher is this year’s recipient of the CTA Lois Tinson Human Rights Award, Katherine Jordan. Congratulations!

Every child deserves a chance to learn and no child succeeds alone.

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