Teacher by day, dreamer by night, Angela Blewitt walked on fire, jumped out of an airplane, and has returned home to Colorado after teaching English with multilingual learners in East Los Angeles, South Korea, Costa Rica, and at Valencia College in Florida, where she was a tenured English Professor. Angela has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Master’s degree in English and TESOL (Teaching English as a Second/Other Language), and a doctorate in Educational Psychology. Angela is an anti-racist educator, active in LGBTQ+ Human Rights, and she enjoys welding, hiking, gardening, and time with her partner, pup, and herd of cats.
What is Your Why?
I teach because I want to make a difference. I couldn’t walk and had to wear braces on my legs until I was seven years old, and the neighborhood kids on my block would chase me in a pack and throw rocks at me–they even pushed me into dog poop once–so, it is vitally important to me that no one is left out, that no one gets picked on. It is important to me that all people are treated with basic dignity and respect. Another reason why respect is central to my core beliefs is because my stepfather was from El Salvador, and when I was a little kid, I saw folks mistreat him and be mean just because he was learning and didn’t know a lot of English. Their scorn and meanness would make me so angry–because he was a good man. I want every student to have power to take charge and create the life they want–to have an equal opportunity on this unlevel playing field. I am an English teacher because the ability to read critically, to write one’s thoughts clearly, and to think deeply is to engage fully and have power in this world.