TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida teacher’s note requesting that their fifth-grade students try to use gender-neutral pronouns when addressing them has parents divided, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
Chloe Bressack, a new math and science teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary, greeted parents in a letter.
“One thing that you should know about me is that I use gender neutral terms. My prefis ix Mx. (pronounced Mix),” the teacher wrote. “My pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.'”
Bressack added that “students catch on pretty quickly,” even though it “takes some practice for it to feel natural.”
Bressack assured parents they were not looking for “perfection,” just that the students make an effort.
“My priority is for all of my students to be comfortable in my classroom and have a space where they can be themselves while learning,” the letter reads.
According to the paper, comments on the letter in a Facebook group called “Tally Moms Stay Connected” revealed a division between two camps of parents, either strongly in favor of or strongly opposed to the request.
Canopy Oaks Principal Paul Lambert told the Tennessee Democrat that the school supported Bressack’s “preference in how she’s addressed,” and said the only agenda Bressack might have is “teaching math and science at the greatest level she can.”
Bressack declined an interview with the outlet but told them in an email, “I feel very lucky to be teaching at Canpoy Oaks, and I look forward to working my students this year.”