Tami Staas (she/her/hers) is an Arizona native, a professional educator, and a fierce advocate. She currently teaches third grade at Summit Academy, an International Baccalaureate school in the Mesa Public School system. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she is also the president of Arizona Trans Youth and Parent Organization (Aztypo). In her role with Aztypo, she
has been advocating and educating in the greater Phoenix area on behalf of transgender and gender-variant youth and their families for over a decade. Tami often finds herself providing guidance to teachers, counselors, and administrators on best practices for trans and gender-variant youth in the classroom and around the school. Tami is passionate about educating the community on how to best serve transgender and gender-variant youth. Over the years, she has worked with various agencies in the greater Phoenix area to foster and create inclusive practices in public spaces such as schools (both elementary and high school), hospitals, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, and community spaces. Tami serves as the committee chair of the LGBTQ+ subcommittee of the Equity and Inclusive Practices committee at the Arizona State Board of
Education and as the co-chair of both the Educational committee and the LGBTQ+ Families committee with the Equality Arizona coalition group. She has created and presented trainings on topics such as raising a trans child and creating gender-inclusive classrooms for groups such as the Arizona Psychological Association, the Mesa Education Association, the Arizona State Legislature, and many more. In addition to her education and activist work, Tami is the mother of two children: one who identifies as a trans man and the other who identifies as non-binary. By sharing her family’s journey, Tami has been able to provide guidance, resources, and support to so many families and educators in and out of Arizona.
GLSEN developed a series of resources to help educators create an LGBTQ+ inclusive classroom through lesson plans that avoid bias and that include positive representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, history, and events. For LGBTQ students, attending a school with an inclusive curriculum is related to less-hostile school experiences and increased feelings of connectedness to the school community. An inclusive curriculum benefits all students by promoting diversity and teaching them about the myriad of identities in their communities.
GLSEN Inclusive Curriculum Guide
Bisbee Pride, Inc. (BPI), the 501(c)3 nonprofit that produces the annual Bisbee Pride Parade and Festival, will hold a pared-down parade and festival to celebrate the 17th Annual Bisbee Pride Event from June 18th to June 20th. They’ll be releasing more information about the events as they are finalized. Please check their Facebook page for more details.
AZCentral: 'No wrong way to be queer': Phoenix nonprofit One n Ten empowers LGBTQ+ youth
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