akiea "ki" gross
abolitionist educator | creative architect
Akiea “Ki” Gross (they/them) is a Black, queer, non-binary abolitionist early educator, organizer and creator, currently innovating ways to unlearn, heal and liberate with their pedagogy, Woke Kindergarten. Originally from Montgomery County, MD, they moved to New York City in 2012 to attend grad school and then stayed to teach. They are a former Instructional Coach and Kindergarten teacher with 10+ years experience in schools, and more beyond the confines.
It was their experiences with the carceral state of schooling and the trauma enacted upon Black children in these systems, that galvanized them to create #BlackTeachersMatter and Equitable Schools. As their experiences and alignment with abolition evolved, they dissolved Equitable Schools and created @WhyAbolition, a communal healing, [un]learning and commitment to the school abolition movement.
In their creative pursuits, Ki and their team Womxyn Amplify (Women with an XY), created the inclusive, intimate concert series Sisters Unsigned to amplify the voices of queer, trans and gender expansive BIPOC artists and creators. Currently, they are moonlighting as an adjunct supervisor in the School of Education at Hunter College and serve as the Coaching Manager for 4.0 Schools.
They hold an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, an M.S. in Childhood Education/Special Education from the Progressive Education Institute/Touro College and two B.A.’s in Child Development and Family Studies and Psychology, respectively.
You can find them on Twitter @akieag and their work on Instagram @WokeKindergarten, @WhyAbolition, @WomxynAmplify and @SistersUnsigned.