Brynda Mara Grube, Hunter ’07 and ’12 and Lehman ’22, started working when she was 5 years old in Brazil to help support her family. After coming to the U.S. to pursue higher education, Brynda discovered a strong desire to write and teach. She became an ESL teacher, and later returned to CUNY for a second masters in English Education. Her professors inspired her to compile a book that featured her students’ experiences about the pandemic. As a person of indigenous descent, Brynda aspires to amplify voices of the marginalized and hopes her book will influence others to do the same.
Brynda’s Advice: “We must not forget as teachers that our students have a voice. That they are eager to speak and that in order to break the oppression, they must to be heard.”