Perspective

Building safe spaces: Celebrating teachers who support native youth

About the authors

Leslie Locklear, a member of the Lumbee and Waccamaw Siouan tribes, hails from Hoke County, NC. Leslie is a May 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Leslie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and in July of 2014, Leslie completed her Master’s of Education in School Counseling. Leslie is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and working on her PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Foundations. With her PhD, Leslie hopes to work with educators to implement culturally relevant curricula in order to benefit the academic success of Native American students.

Meredith McCoy is a Chapel Hill native whose research examines federal education policy and curricular resources for Social Studies teachers. She received her bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Music with a minor in Native American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 and her Master’s of Education from Lipscomb University in 2011. Meredith is currently finishing her Ph.D. in American Studies at UNC after previously serving as a middle school Spanish, English/Language Arts, and Social Studies teacher in Nashville, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her doctoral studies, she curates the online literary magazine, The 90%: Stories of Diaspora from Indian Country. Meredith currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but Chapel Hill will always be home.