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Dr. Andrea Emerson


Latinx mothers feeling valued in their children’s schools is a crucial component of their child’s success and wellbeing. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 4 mothers, whose educational experiences varied. The questions focused on the mothers’ experiences within the education system regarding themselves and their children. Analysis of the interviews revealed three emergent themes - parents as first teachers, generational education experiences as motivation, and advocacy. For mothers to feel valued in their children’s schools, their role as the first-teacher in their children's lives must be respected. They also must have a safe space to advocate for their child. The mothers also utilize their own educational experiences as motivation to best support their children. Listening to the voices of Latinx mothers and learning from these themes casts an important asset oriented light on their intentions and the support strategies that work for them.

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