My name is Alla Chelukhova. I am a current Master of Arts in Teaching candidate at Brown University, seeking a degree in Social Studies/History. I came to Providence in 2009; prior to this—for five years—I taught upper-school history at The Colorado Springs School.
I fell in love with teaching when I was seven years old: my first class was a diverse group of stuffed animals, whom I still consider the most obedient of my students. My teaching practice has taken many turns since the early days of my childhood, but one thing has remained constant: courage. Paul Freire gives courage a place of honor when he writes in his Teachers as Social Workers: Letters to Those Who Dare Teach: "It is impossible to teach without the courage to love, without the courage to try a thousand times before giving up."
The Brown MAT Program supports, nurtures, and defines my pedagogical courage.