Voices Heard, Part II

Ramona Piretti


Headshot t of Ramona Piretti, Public Educator of English Literature in West Hartford, CT.  Wearing T-shirt that reads, Phenomenally Asian.
Ramona Piretti, Public Educator West Hartford, CT

In Part II of our discussion with public educator Ramona Piretti the focus of our conversation shifts to issues of race and class from her perspective both in her community today and vignettes of what it was like to grow up in a small New England town as an Asian American.  This and more in Part II. 

Conard High School

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Conard High School is a public high school, one of two in West Hartford, CT.  It has a total student poulation of just under 1500 enrolled.


West Hartford, CT

West Hartford was recently  rated one of the ten best places to live in the US.  It is a racially and fiscally diverse community of over 63,000 residents.  

Conard by the numbers

  • Total Enrollment: 1,462
  • Student-Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Ranking: 642 in US.  13th in CT. 
  • Economically Disadvantaged student population: 24%
  • 95 countries/ethnicities represented by student body
  • 74 languages are spoken at home, represented by the student body.
  • 98% graduation rate. 

Ramona Piretti teaches a literature at Conard High School in West Hartford, CT.  She has been a public educator for more than 7 years.  One of her classes that sets her apart focuses on women writers.  This class more often than not focuses on authors who are not given the recognition they so deserve.  Many time these female authors represent minority groups in the United States.  All are cutting edge craftswoman.

Their presence in Ramona’s classroom speaks to her students, many of whom are female minority students reaching towards adulthood in a complicated world of class, race, gender identity mixed in with a dose of what we all experience on the edge of adulthood…..hope.

In part 2 of our interview the focus of our conversation shifted to race class, and Ramona’s experiences growing up in a small town in central MA as an Asian American. We also discuss race and gender issues for her current students in a mixed class and mixed ethnic suburb of Hartford, CT.

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