Episode 33: Utah Author Lehua Parker on Books to Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Episode 33: Utah Author Lehua Parker on Books to Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and we’re celebrating with books! In this Connect Canyons episode, Utah author Lehua Parker, an advocate of Hawaiian culture and literature, talks about the need for authentic and diverse representation in books. Parker’s writings, including her popular “Niuhi Shark Saga” series, often feature her island heritage.  She is joined by Canyons District teacher-librarians Jennifer Van Haaften and Elaine Zhang, and Library Specialist Gretchen Zaitzeff who share tips on books with true-to-life characters and intriguing plots that open both a mirror and window onto different cultures and experiences.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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