Hello, there! My name is Tricia Ebarvia—and I am an educator. For twenty years, from 2001-2021, I taught high school English outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and served as Department Chair. Beginning in July 2021, I will become the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Greene Street Friends School.
AS AN EDUCATOR, I believe that developing a love of learning begins by centering students’ natural curiosity and nurturing a love of reading—a love I try to foster each day in the classroom. I also believe that developing student voice is not only an important skill in writing, but a necessary one for students to become engaged, informed citizens. Building a racially and socially just society begins in our classrooms, and it is this belief that is at the root of all work I do and each of my relationships.
As a teacher, I often invited students to ask me questions, usually via index card during the opening week of school. Inevitably, a student asks what my dream job would be. It’s an interesting question, because it assumes that my dream job would be something other than teaching. But the truth is, I can’t imagine doing anything else but teaching. I’ve always believed teaching to be a vocation—from the Old French, “a calling”—and not just a job. And although I may no longer have my own classroom, I will alway be a teacher at heart, and work to effect positive change in every role I walk to ensure that all children can be their most authentic and best selves.
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, you can find me spending time with my husband as we raise our three boys. Because they are growing up too fast, I document our lives through my passion for photography. Our young Jedi-in-training remind me every day that learning can be—and should be—filled with wonder and joy.
NOTE: Please note that opinions expressed here and elsewhere are my own and not necessarily reflective of any of my employers or other affiliations.