Natalie Sturdevant is a Teach For America alum and taught eighth grade reading in a small Texas town on the border of Mexico. As a librarian, at Crazy Horse School on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Wanblee, S.D., since 2012, she’s created and executed a media class using current events as a lens for students to reflect on and develop their identities. Natalie seeks to help students develop a critical consciousness of their community and our world by wrestling with topics such as race, oppression, and socioeconomics.

Articles by Natalie

Reading for Change

Critical reading allows students to navigate the “quest for mutual humanization.”

Expanding Expectations for Students

This teacher wanted to empower her female students through literature. She boosted all students’ reading skills and self-confidence in the process.