Courtesy of Dr. Jill Hagenkord
Dr. Jill Hagenkord speaks at Almond School with her sons, Almond fourth-grader Mark Tanner, left, and Egan seventh-grader Cade Maw.
Local families, along with Los Altos School District faculty and staff, attended a panel at Almond School last week addressing how adults can support transgender and gender nonconforming youth.
Much of the discussion centered on transgender children, who identify with a gender different from the sex they were assigned at birth. But Almond’s school psychologist Kristi Clouser also emphasized that creating a safe, supportive environment benefits a wide range of kids – from the boy who wants to grow his hair out to the girl who prefers sports gear to pink frills.