We asked Slilma Tukey (Cred. ’17) and Steve Platt (Cred. ’17), both Air Force veterans beginning their teaching careers later in life, to talk to us about why they joined the military, why they’re making the change to teaching, and how their experiences in the military affect their teaching practices.
For my tenth birthday my parents turned our greenhouse into an aviary so I could raise birds. Our elementary school actually took field trips to our backyard to see all our pets and animals. These experiences ignited my passion for sharing agriculture.
As a product of the U.S. educational system, I grew up being miseducated about my own culture and history. Although the school curriculum didn’t explicitly teach me that my culture was inferior, the lack of Hmong history and culture in school made me believe this.