Antoinette Landor

“Following the events in Ferguson, Missouri, during my first semester at Mizzou, and campus protest the next year, I feel a renewed love of teaching. Though the past three years have presented challenges on campus and in the classroom, there has been no better time to transform controversies into “teaching moments” that facilitate honest and thoughtful conversations in the classroom. My classroom has become a place for thinking out loud about race and family dynamics as I offer students an invitation to dig deeper. Teaching at Mizzou has been both liberating and transformative because I have strived to engage students by making them think and not just listen. The most exciting aspect of this approach to teaching is that it often happens outside of the classroom as students apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to interactions with their families and friends. I whole-heartedly believe that it is a privilege to be a teacher at this time in history.”