Dionne Lashley

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“Critical pedagogy is an educational movement, guided by passion and principle, to help students connect knowledge to power and the ability to take constructive action.” ~Henry Giroux

Codrington_Alice and Katie 2010Critical pedagogy has been at the heart of my practice as a teacher. What does that mean? It means that the classroom, the studio, the stage, under the tree – wherever teaching and learning take place – are transformative places. It means that knowledge is not a static thing to be attained, it is a creative experience.

I currently teach (and learn) at The Codrington School, the International School of Barbados (TCS) and at the Barbados Community College (BCC). At TCS, I am the Secondary School’s Music and Drama teacher and I teach in the Middle Year’s Programme and Diploma Programme. At BCC, I teach Music for Theatre in the Theatre Department and Private Lessons for Voice Students in the Music Department. I am also a private vocal coach and in this capacity, I collaborate regularly with “Live the Music! Breathe the Music!”

The Association of Critical Educators, Barbados (ACE Barbados) and “Get Smart Barbados” are two projects I am currently working on with the hopes of providing opportunities for other teachers and community workers who want to make a difference through education.

Previous teaching appointments include the Redshan Tree Learning Center in Queens, New York, where I taught English as a Second Language. At the Cesar A. Batalla School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, I taught General Music to students from Kindergarten to 8th Grade. My student-teaching appointment (a requirement for my teaching certification) was at the Hopewell Elementary School in New Jersey, and I worked as a private tutor in English and several levels of Music Theory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

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