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Akiea Gross is an Instructional Coach and career early childhood educator residing in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Montgomery County, MD, Akiea attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill undergrad, where she received two Bachelors degrees in Child Development and Family Studies and Psychology respectively. After teaching in Maryland and D.C. for two years, Akiea moved to New York City to attend Columbia University's Teachers College, where she was a Graduate Assistant at Rita Gold Center and a Zankel Fellow for the Office of School and Community Partnerships. Upon graduating from Teachers College, she received her Masters in Developmental Psychology with a focus on Risk, Resilience and Prevention. After graduate school, Akiea was hired at Harlem Village Academies, where she is currently employed as an Instructional Coach and Kindergarten Teacher. In spring 2017, Akiea graduated from P.E.I, or HVA's Progressive Education Institute, with her second Masters in Childhood Education/Special Education 1-6.
Akiea believes in affirmative, progressive early childhood pedagogy. She believes in teaching that centers children's truths and promotes empathy through the lenses of social justice, Black history and resistance. As the Founder of the nonprofit Equitable Schools, Inc. and the creator of the initiative #BlackTeachersMatter, she prioritizes promoting and working towards equity and freedom for children, families and educators from communities of color everywhere. Akiea initially started Woke Kindergarten on Instagram as a curated brand of teacher tips, tools and resources for the "woke" kindergarten classroom. Woke Kindergarten has since grown into a new brand of individualized early childhood education consulting for schools, organizations, businesses, camps and even families. If you are interested in hiring Woke Kindergarten, please browse the website and contact us accordingly. We are looking forward to working with you!