Discussing Positive Racial Identity in Adults and Kids ft. Tianna Butler and Shannon Montague mp3

By Jen Cort

Jen Cort is an education consultant in the areas of equity, inclusion, diversity and justice. In this podcast, Jen opens up a "third space"— a place outside our familiar home and work environments — in order that we might begin to engage in some of the provocative questions that need to be addressed. Listen in as Jen speaks with some of the leading thinkers and doers in the field.

Tianna Butler is the Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Coordinator at National Presbyterian School. She has been in education for nearly a decade working as a Lower School Theatre Director, Teaching Associate, and Lead Second Grade Teacher respectively. Her dedication to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion has its roots in her own experiences as a student in both public and independent schools and extends to ensuring students, families, and educators have the support they need. She was awarded the POCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools) Impact Award in 2014 for supporting diversity, promoting inclusion, and affirming community in her work with elementary-aged students at Charlotte Country Day School.

Shannon Montague Shannon M. Montague served as Head of the Learning Village at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, leading operational and curricular programs for students and faculty in preschool to 8th grade. In this role, she worked to build on the school’s innovative, inquiry-based programming called FabLab and Quest; helped to focus middle school faculty’s thinking and energy around best practices in coordination with the University of Virginia’s Remaking Middle School program; and relished opportunities for cross-divisional collaboration among students and chances for student leadership, voice, and agency.
Most recently, she served as the Director of Professional Development for the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Earlier in her career, Shannon worked at the Bullis School in Potomac, MD; St. Albans School in Washington, DC; and The Bryn Mawr School. She holds a Bachelors in English from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Education Leadership through the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University Teacher’s College