Multicultural Speaker's Bureau
The Gooch family resides in Syracuse, Utah. Penny Gooch, a Navajo tribal member has given presentations sharing her Navajo culture with elementary schools throughout the Davis School District. She has created beautiful beadwork and sewn all of her children's native clothing. Daughters: Tashina and Cheyenne have attended West Point Elementary, Syracuse Elementary, Syracuse Junior High, and both Syracuse and Clearfield High Schools. Both are accomplished Hoop dancers.
Amir Jackson has been writing poetry and using it as a way to connect and manage his emotions since he was a little child. At the age of 21 he self published a book of poetry and also began doing speaking engagements and readings of his poetry. In late 2006 Amir decided to expand his creativity so he began playing the guitar and writing songs using music as a secondary vehicle of self expression. Since 2007 Amir has had the opportunity to teach and reach out to approximately 400 students, whose ages range from 12-18.
Dr. Jacqueline Thompson:
Dr. Jackie Thompson is the Coordinator of the Educational Equity Department in Davis School District in Farmington, Utah. Her responsibilities include the Parent Equity Committee, Multicultural Education, Civil Rights Issues and AVID Advancement Via Individual Determination.
Jackie received her Doctorate Degree in Education from Utah State University in May 2010. She taught school for four years in Pocatello, ID and Sacramento, CA. She worked as an Equity Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. In 1984, she began her Federal career at Hill Air Force Base as a Personnel Management Specialist Intern which she worked for two years. She worked in Training Office as an Employee Development Specialist from 1986-1993. From July to October 1993, Dr. Thompson worked as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist.
Davis School District
Title III (ESL) and Title VII (Indian Education)
Linda Ocaña was born in Tooele, Utah and raised in Davis County—Layton, Utah. She attended Whitesides and Crestview Elementary Schools; Central Davis Junior High School; and Layton High School. Linda was in the forth graduating class of Layton High School. She was married in 1974 and joined the Army in 1975. She has lived in Texas, Virginia, Germany, and Missouri, while she was in the Armed Forces. Linda has five children, all born on military installations. She also has four step-children. She is a grandmother to nine boys and seven girls between the ages 6 months and 21 years old.
Linda lived in Tempe, Arizona for four years before moving back to Utah in 1992. She started working for Davis School District in 1994 as a secretary in the Bilingual Education Program. She enrolled at Weber State University in 1996 and received my BA in English with an ESL minor and Teaching Certification in 2002. Linda has been a full-time student, a single mother, and a full-time employee. In 2004 she enrolled in Western Governors University. She received her Masters in Educational Technology in 2010.
Ms. Poonam Kumar:
Salt Lake City Mayor's Office
Poonam Kumar works on special projects for the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office. Her current roles include assisting the Chief of Staff for the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office; managing Salt Lake City’s Signature Events Fund; hosting, writing and co-producing Salt Lake City TV's "Capital City News" program; and building partnerships through collaborative events as part of the Mayor's Office Community Relations team.
Increasing diversity awareness and involvement in the community is a passion for Poonam. She is currently the chair for the Salt Lake County Council on Diversity Affairs (CODA), a board member for the University Neighborhood Partners, a communication consultant and board member for the Utah Nonprofit Association, and the current media liaison and former chair of the Davis School District Equity Committee.
Poonam graduated from the University of Utah in 2007, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Ethnic Studies.