I’m Kristi Morale, creator of the Innocent Brown Girl Project. Currently, I am a EdD candidate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas working on my dissertation, which focuses on curriculum, instruction and discipline as it pertains to African American and Latina girls in grades K-12. I have been teaching in the Houston area school systems for almost 10 years where I’ve been an advocate for children of color. As a teacher, I strive to develop meaningful communication between the school and the community we serve. I have served as a shared decision-making committee member, mentor teacher, and presented research and curriculum at the school, district, and state levels. In addition to the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana (2008), I’ve earned a Masters of Art in Teaching from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (2011), Texas Principal Certification (2016).
Here is an overview of my Philosophy of Education: 1. I am very passionate about building relationships with students. I believe that once you have a strong relationship with a child they will rise to meet any expectations that you set for them no matter how high. In my mind I’m hilarious and I use this gift to reach my students either they agree that I’m hilarious or they think I’m corny but either way it helps them to understand that I’m human. 2. Classroom Management is a result of positive relationships and high expectations. Cute management plans are great but if you do not have a relationship with your students then you’re wasting your colored cardstock and clothes pens. 3. Brown girls are magical however, they are being systematically “Pushed Out” of our classrooms and school systems. We must work together to support their needs and ensure their success. Thank you for your interest in The Innocent Brown Girl Project and I look forward in working with you in the future.
Southwest Education Research Association- Conference Presenter Texas Association of Literacy Educators- Conference Presenter Region 4 Reading and Writing Conference- Conference Presenter Texas Association of Black School Educators- Conference Presenter Franklin Elementary School- Teacher of the Year Nominee Houston Alliance of Black School Educators- Teacher of the Year Nominee
Hi, I’m Kristi Morale or Teaching Beauty as my students insist on calling me. Interested parties can find a formal professional biography with my education and experience at the bottom of this page but if you want the “Kristi” version continue reading here. Since a little kid I always wanted to be a teacher. Growing up I would set up a classroom in our family den. I would use sheet protectors as transparencies and my younger sister would be my student. To this day I attribute all of her success to the quality lessons I provided her as an 8-year-old. Even on days where I left work and went straight to my bed I never considered any other profession. Throughout my career I have continued to grow my expertise in current trends and best practices in education. Aside from my work in education I enjoy reading particularly Autobiographies. I have been know to perform a mean karaoke version of Ciara’s 1,2 Step. I love the beach but I’m a beach brat meaning if the water is not clear blue I’m not going.
The Innocent Brown Girl Project (IBGP) is an independent educational organization dedicated to raising the discourse about discipline disparities African American and Latina girls experience during their years spent in the public education system. With almost a decade of teaching experience, IBGP creator Kristi Morale encourages educators and school systems to build lasting relationships with parents, education/community advocates and students that both understands and respects African American and Latina culture. IBGP bridges the school-community gap by offering training to educators and advocates in how to discipline, educate and interact with girls, parents and communities that are racially and/or socioeconomically different than their background. IBGP also provides tools for parents to ensure that their girls are receiving the quality education they deserve.