ABOUT ME

About the Educator

Hello, my name is Clarica Kitchens. I am a Special Education Advocate and Speaker who is dedicated to ensuring that students with learning disabilities are included in the education system. It is my ethical and professional belief that every student should have access to education, regardless of any challenges they may face. I work to maintain high expectations for students with reading disabilities by creating a supportive learning environment that fosters understanding, application, evaluation, and creation of literacy skills. Literacy is a powerful tool that can help marginalized students break free from barriers that limit their access to higher socioeconomic status, cultural knowledge, and inclusivity in the American Dream.

Experience & Education

I started working with youth in my community in 2017 with the goal of helping them transition into adulthood. I began my career at Youth Villages, a residential treatment center, before moving to Memphis-Shelby County Schools. In 2020, I obtained my license to teach special education. However, I quickly realized the need to improve my teaching skills and expertise, which led me to pursue a Reading Specialist Endorsement that will complete in 2023.

In 2017, I obtained an associate degree in criminal justice and followed it up with a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a minor in criminal justice. In the upcoming year, I'll have earned a master's degree in special education, with a minor in leadership and curriculum development, and also received a Reading Specialist Endorsement. Pursuing my passion for helping others, I have dedicated myself to obtaining the highest level of education and expertise in my field.

PHILOSOPHY

I firmly believe that every student possesses the potential to transform their lives from within. Furthermore, a reading disability is nothing to be ashamed of, the shame is not receiving adequate literacy instruction.