Dominicca Washington

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Teacher and Parent

Chicago, Illinois

Dominicca Washington is a mother and high school educator at a South Chicago school. Dominicca was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side and is a graduate of the Chicago Public School (CPS) system.

She attended Clark Atlanta University where she earned a bachelor’s of arts in English and served as vice president of the English club. Dominicca then went on to teach fourth and first grade in the DeKalb County School system in Georgia before relocating, with her son, to her hometown, Chicago.

Upon her return home, she continued her career in education as an adult educator at Malcolm X College on Chicago’s West Side. She utilized her time with Malcolm X to continue her education, earning her M.Ed. in elementary education from Grand Canyon University and transitioning into the Chicago Public School system as a first-grade teacher. Dominicca worked for CPS for three years affording her experience teaching first and second grade as well as third-, fourth- and fifth-grade reading. After a rewarding year in student performance as a reading teacher, Dominicca transitioned into the charter high school where she currently teaches.

She has long been an advocate for education, with a focus on needs within low-socioeconomic and minority communities. All of her teaching experience has been in Title 1 eligible schools like the ones from which she graduated as a child. Her experiences as a child in the public school system serve as a catalyst to her passionate approach to the needs of children in public schools. Her experience as a teacher has fostered in her a passion for making heard voices of fellow teachers.

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Happy Mother’s Day to the Mamas Who Spend Years Fighting for Good Schools

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Posted Apr. 6, 2017

I’m a Teacher and a Mom and Sometimes I Just Can’t Be Both

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Posted Mar. 23, 2017

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