Why did you become an educator?
I became a teacher because I think it’s important for young, black males to see a representation of themselves in the classroom. There is a shortage of black male educators across America and I wanted to help fill that void. Since becoming a teacher, I have been able to form transformative relationships with some of my students by taking on a mentor role in their lives and helping them understand how they can change the trajectory of their destiny through education.
What do you love about your school?
The most important thing I love about my school is the diversity of the population. The various ethnicities and cultures provide a unique opportunity for students and faculty to learn from one another, embrace differences, understand each others’ identities, and help each other grow into holistic individuals.
Why is it important that lower income children can attend schools of choice?
It is important that lower income children attend schools of choice because there is educational inequalities in lower income neighborhoods such as lack of supplies, outdated textbooks, limited access to the best teachers, unhealthy physical environments and a lack of positive culture just to name a few. With access to schools of choice, lower income students can pursue a better education in a welcoming environment that is conducive to learning and development.