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An Evening with Educator and Clinician Melanie Stapleton Founder of Blurring the Binary
Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Bunker Hill Community College presents Founder of Blurring the Binary Melanie Stapleton “Equitable Spaces: Creating a Gender Inclusive Classroom” About: “Equitable Spaces: Creating a Gender Inclusive Classroom” The academic classroom can be fraught with challenges to be fully equitable. Many times, our lexicon or subtle behaviors can accidentally create undesired repercussions, leaving students feeling unseen, unheard, or unwelcome. In this session, Stapleton will discuss what a classroom environment can look like to a transgender, non-binary, or gender expansive individual, and give ideas as to how to make them feel supported in the classroom environment. Participants will walk away feeling more comfortable working with these individuals and with tools to have a more equitable classroom. About the Speaker: Ms. Melanie Stapleton is a native of Plano, Texas and has been active in choral music throughout her life. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University, where she minored in English, and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas. Ms. Stapleton began her career in Lamar CISD, teaching elementary music, before moving to La Porte ISD, where she was the head choral director at Lomax Junior High and the Baker Sixth Grade Campus. She has spent her remaining time in Houston ISD, originally as the head choral director at Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, and now as the head choral director at Furr High School. Stapleton is a highly sought-after clinician and presenter having presented clinics, research, and professional development sessions across the country including, 2021 National ACDA, TMEA, AzMEA, TCDA, IMES, QMUE4, and many more. She is the founder of Blurring the Binary, a co-founder of (Trans)position, a professional organization for transgender music educators, and serves as an admin for the Facebook group, “I’m a Choir Director”. She is a strong believer in the power of the choral ensemble to create a musical family where all are respected and offered unconditional love. When not teaching, she can be found spending time with her Golden Retriever puppy, Queso, playing video games, cooking in her Instant Pot, or jamming to the latest choral hits.