Our curators are all educators who help parents explain social, emotional, and cultural topics to children using simple, child-friendly language. They pose questions (e.g., frequently asked questions) that they may have heard in classrooms about culture. They suggest ways for parents to extend learning opportunities about emotions, social interactions (e.g., the social edge) and/or culture at home (e.g., cultural celebrations). They may also suggest children’s books (e.g., children’s books) and other resources that allow for parents to have meaningful conversations with their children.
Amita Roy Shah, Ed.D.
Dr. Amita Roy Shah is an Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University. She also has professional experiences as a teacher, curriculum designer, and educational consultant. She received her doctorate (Ed.D.) in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2013. Her research focuses on understanding the experiences of South Asian Americans in the United States and why there is a particular shortage of teachers of color in our nation’s schools.
Ami Goswami, M.A.
Ami Goswami is a ESL teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Evanston, Illinois working with K-5 students. She has a Master of Arts in Elementary Education and is ESL certified from National Louis University. She has also helped run the Chinmaya Mission Camp, a camp that is geared towards teaching all children about the Hindu philosophy of the Vedanta. The Vedanta provides a “practical means for spiritual growth and happiness enabling children to become positive members to society.” In this role, she was in charge of coordinating tasks for 200 kids in grades K-12. Ami is loves teaching children about diverse cultures.
Shaina Khan, M.S.
Shaina Khan is a CA Public School Teacher (K-6) in the Bay Area. She has a Masters of Science in Educational Technology Leadership from California State University, East Bay and holds a Clear Multiple Subject Credential San Jose State University. She is also author of the book Mirror of the Mind a book about South Asian cultural issues faced by bi-cultural youth. She is passionate about helping all teachers incorporate technology to facilitate student learning and collaboration. She also believes that through technology parents, teachers, and students can gain knowledge about diverse cultures and remove any cultural barriers that may exist.