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Native American Studies
I did my undergraduate work in Anthropology with an emphasis in California Indian prehistoric archaeology. It was not a very acceptable position to be an American Indian and a working archaeologist, especially one excavating sites with American Indian burials in the late '60s and early '70s when I was in school at CSU Hayward (now CSU East Bay). After graduating I worked one summer professionally as an archeologist, on a site disrupted by the building of Interstate 5 near Tracy and Manteca. I made the decision to leave the field of archaeology and applied to CSU Hayward's(East Bay) new Teacher Corps Program. A partnership with the Berkeley Public School District enabled the Interns of this partnership to teach in the the Berkeley schools. We also pioneered the Master's Degree in Multicultural Curriculum Development and I left at the end of the 2 year program with California Single and Multiple Subject California teaching credentials. I also hold 2 Lifetime California Community College Teaching credentials in Ethnic Studies and Basic Skills.
Halito I am Gerri Parker and of Choctaw, Cherokee, Creek and German American (Pennsylvanian Dutch) descent. My tribal nations were originally from the Southeast United States, but in the 1830s tribal members were forced by soldiers to leave their traditional homelands and relocate to Indian Territory. Many years before the forced removals my Choctaw and Cherokee ancestors moved to the Arkansas territory.I have been married to a Choctaw (for 40 years) and together we have 3 grown children, 5 grandchildren, 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
I first taught at De Anza in 1983. For 10 years I was a part- time instructor and was finally hired full-time in 1993. I retired at the end of Spring 2013. I have taught at the University of Santa Clara, San Jose City College, Ohlone College, Evergreen College and have been a guest lecturer at San Jose State and Stanford University. I was a Native Studies curriculum developer and trainer for local and national Indian Education Programs and the Office of Indian Education in the Western States.
I've conducted a substantial number of teacher training workshops in the S.F. Bay Area and nationally concerning American Indian students, their learning needs, Native American cultures, art, history, Thanksgiving myths and developed resource materials for K-12 reading materials and Social Studies programs. I ran the Tutorial Center at the San Jose Indian Center, the Adult Ed/G.E.D. Program and functioned as the Vocational Counselor, also at the Indian Center, placing adults in vocational training programs. I was employed for a number of years as a teacher, curriculum developer and workshop trainer. I started my teaching career at Westpoint Elementary School in Calaveras County in 1975, volunteered and was employed by Fremont Unified School District in Fremont CA and Livermore Unified School District Indian Education and Bilingual Indian Education Programs.
Classes That I Teach
Winter 2017No classes found for Winter 2017.
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