AAPI Conversations: Dora Duvisac

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we asked AAPI staff members to talk about tradition, identity, and their work at Creative Minds.

Dora Duvisac
Teaching Assistant: Kindergarten
Five Years at Creative Minds

What does being Asian or Pacific Islander mean to you?

Being South Asian is a central part of my identity. I was born in India, and most of my family still lives there. To me, it means being part of a modern society that still reveres and is deeply rooted in an ancient culture. Many traditions, ranging from dance to medicine, date back thousands of years.

What is your favorite cultural tradition?

My favorite South Asian tradition is Diwali. It is known as the celebration of light; it celebrates the triumph of light over darkness in all aspects of life. It also brings families together with delicious sweets, new clothes, and fireworks! This past November, we had lots of fun celebrating in kindergarten!

What career accomplishment are you most proud of?

My greatest accomplishment as a teacher is teaching and guiding my students through the pandemic. It challenged me to think outside the box and find unorthodox ways to reach and engage children. I continue to be proud and amazed at how students dealt with virtual learning and are handling the changes at school this year.

Beyond your Asian or Pacific Islander heritage, what other identities do you hold dear?

My South Asian heritage influences all aspects of my life. I also identify as a teacher, friend, daughter, and sister.