TeacherGoal #10: Recognize and Celebrate Culture in the Classroom with Naomi O'Brien

“We realized that in order to get our students, especially at these younger ages, to care about the cultures of others, and respect them, they needed to know about their own culture.”


Naomi O'Brien
Founder, Read Like a Rock Star Teaching

Ask any student and they will tell you that they love to be celebrated. Often we celebrate them for their academic success, their behavior, their attendance, etc. However, in this week’s episode, we're going to be discussing how to recognize and celebrate their culture. Let’s find out how this can be possible with our incredible guest, Naomi O'Brien, an educator, content creator, and author with over 10 years of experience in the classroom.

Naomi has presented and shared her practices with teachers across the country and world through education conferences, her book, Unpack Your Impact, her self-created educational resources, and her social media platform as Read Like a Rock Star. Her passion for culturally responsive teaching, accurate primary social studies lessons, rigorous reading instruction, and social justice-oriented education has been a driving force behind the message she hopes to instill in other educators and children.

Let’s jump into how every student has a culture that can be celebrated!

3 TeacherGoal Tips

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Tip 1:

Help students understand that everyone has a culture that deserves to be celebrated

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Tip 2:
Choose books that celebrate a variety of cultures

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Tip 3:
Recognizing and celebrating culture leads to better relationships with students and their families

This Episode Features...

Naomi O'Brien

Naomi O'Brien an educator, content creator, and author from Orlando, FL with over 10 years of experience in the classroom. I have taught PreK-5 in a variety of roles, but most of my time was spent in the K-2 grade levels. She has Early Elementary, ESOL, and Gifted and Talented endorsements. My role as the gifted teacher and having a gifted child, helped me grow as an educator. This important aspect is always considered when I am creating or presenting. Naomi prides herself on building cultural connections with her students and their families and using research-based practices to provide quality education to students.

Naomi has presented and shared her practices with teachers across the country and world through education conferences, her book, Unpack Your Impact, her self-created educational resources, and through her social media platform as Read Like a Rock Star.

Naomi's passion for culturally responsive teaching, accurate primary social studies lessons, rigorous reading instruction, and social justice-oriented education has been a driving force behind the message she hopes to instill in other educators and children.

Erica Terry, Host

Erica Terry is a 19 year educator with experience as Chief Academic Officer, School Counselor and High School Science Teacher. 

She is the author of Classroom to CEO in 30 Days and founder of Healthy Wealthy Educators, where she provides actionable tools and resources that empower you to live a healthy lifestyle and build generational wealth by creating multiple streams of income. 

While inspiring educators to create a life they love embodies her professional passion, her husband, Melvin and daughter, Eva are the driving force and greatest blessings in her life. You can find her hanging out on Instagram @healthywealthyeducators

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