WHAT IS QUEERLY ELEMENTARY
Queerly Elementary provides workshops, professional development, consulting, classroom lessons and resources to help school communities embrace and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer diversity.
These services are appropriate for all levels from pre-school thru high school. All services and resources are tailored to meet the specific needs of a particular school or school district.
Contact Olivia Higgins at: Olivia@queerlyelementary.com or 415-902-9507 to learn more.
Olivia Higgins began advocating for queer friendly schools when she was an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major at Temple University in Philadelphia. In her final semester, she successfully initiated a petition requesting to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) topics within the core curriculum.
Olivia graduated magna cum laude from Temple University and was awarded the Elementary/Early Childhood Education Award for excellence in scholarship and teaching. In 2001, she was inducted into Temple University’s Gallery of Success.
After a brief period teaching elementary school, Olivia relocated to the Bay Area where she worked for almost five years as the Support Service Provider for Sexual Minority Youth for the San Francisco Unified School District. In this position she facilitated trainings, developed lesson plans, coordinated Gay Pride for the district and provided crisis response assistance as needed. She stayed in this position until 2005 when her first child was born.
When Olivia and her family relocated to Alameda, she continued to advocate for safe and inclusive schools by joining the steering committee of the grassroots community group Alameda Community Alliance Resource for Education. In 2012 she was invited to join the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) LGBTQ Roundtable and became the co-chair in 2014. As a member of the 2013 Alameda Harvey Milk Day planning committee, Olivia initiated and co-coordinated an annual Harvey Milk Day Poster/Poetry contest for Alameda students.
In 2012 Olivia began consulting for the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). Within this role, she wrote the OUSD LGBTQ Tool Kit which is a comprehensive resource to be used throughout the district. She continues to consult for OUSD by facilitating trainings, collaborating with community-based organizations and providing assistance as needed.
Olivia is one of the founding organizers of the Family Photography Exhibit at her children’s elementary school. The exhibit inspires discussions on diversity by comparing different family photographs and biographies. In 2012, a year after the program began, the AUSD Superintendent acknowledged the exhibit as a model program within the district. The following year, the Alameda Education Foundation honored Olivia for her leadership role in this innovative program.
Olivia founded Queerly Elementary in 2013 to bring her passion of supporting queer inclusive schools to a larger audience.