When you’re a vegan teacher in Iowa, you have to go by the book
When I joined my first teaching job at a local school in the early 2000s, I was shocked by the lack of vegans and vegetarians.
It was the norm in the community, and I couldn’t believe the number of children who were not in the classroom.
“If I had to choose between one or two vegans or vegetarians I’d choose the latter,” I was told.
I’m not the only one.
It’s no secret that Iowa has one of the most diverse and inclusive veggie-friendly communities in the US.
My first year at the school I started to notice some things that were a bit unusual, like a lot of people didn’t wear masks or gloves.
I noticed the staff didn’t always wear gloves when teaching.
One of the teachers even asked us if we wanted to wear gloves during the break and asked us why.
I decided to wear my gloves in the mornings, and that’s how I’ve become a vegan for the last 14 years.
My experience is something I can share with my students, who I consider to be my closest friends.
“I am proud to be vegan for this job, but not just because I have an ethical and compassionate way of life,” I said.
In the past, I have been called a racist, a sexist, and a homophobe, but I am not ashamed of being vegan.
As a young person in the 1990s, we were called “slaves” by white supremacists, but now we’re free and we’re doing amazing things.
The story of a vegan in Iowa is also a story of courage and resilience, and one of hope.
It is a story about a person who has the power to change a world, and who is willing to share her story in order to teach others the values that make Iowa a state of community, compassion, and peace.
I am honored to be the first female teacher in my school.
I will not forget that day, because I will never forget how lucky I am to have been able to teach so many kids in Iowa.
It started with my father, who was a vegetarian for 20 years.
I can’t imagine what it would have been like for me if I hadn’t met him.
As I got older, my dad’s veganism started to change.
We began to notice how many kids at my school didn’t eat meat or dairy.
The first time we came across an example of a non-vegan student, we called him on it.
It wasn’t until after I had been working at the campus for a year that I started noticing that many of the kids in our classes were vegetarian.
At the time, we thought it was a small change, but as time went on, we began to see a huge difference in the way the students were interacting with the vegans in our classroom.
I had never met a vegan before that day.
It made me think about how we as a community could become more accepting and accepting of others, but most of all, how we could embrace a different lifestyle.
I want to share that story with all of you.
I don’t want to give you a formula for how I’m going to teach my students to be more vegan.
But I will say this: I am going to be a vegan forever.
I love animals, and if I’m able to make the world a better place for them, I’m doing the right thing.
And I hope you will join me.
I’ve started to see more and more vegans at my schools.
I even saw a few students at a recent school I was teaching.
They were very supportive and they were excited about going vegan.
It makes me very proud to know that so many of my students and staff are vegan.
I hope that the message of compassion and inclusion can be heard by every one of you who is here.
We’re just a small sample of what our students and teachers are talking about.
I encourage you to take the time to look up what’s happening at your school.
Take a look at the Vegans For All Iowa page and see what they have to say about your school and your community.
I promise to listen to what your students and employees have to tell you.
You can also visit our website at vegansforall.iowa.gov and join us at our upcoming event, “Vegan for All Iowa”.
I hope to see you there!