The education of Black children matters to me.
As a Black child, my education mattered to my parents immensely. Because of their concern, I attended parochial school for the entirety of my K-12 career. The education I received and the relationships I built with some faculty and friends prepared me for my career in education. Being a Black student is spaces where neither the faculty, administration or curricula did not reflect myself or my community prepared me as well.
I wasn't the "troubled student" from a tough background. Rather I was the smart student from the two parent household. I was the anomaly. However, I wasn't cultivated for success; not because the educators I came across were blatantly negligent, but because their approach to treating everyone the same assumed that I could succeed if I adapted to the status quo. For some teachers, my success was predicated on spiting who I was. When I became a teacher, I knew that wasn't what I wanted for the students entrusted to my care.
I sought to make the classroom a place for learning, growing and even healing. It was important for students to know truth, to both navigate society and be empowered to change the injustice they saw and even experienced. As my students were learning, growing and healing, so I was. What came out of that was a passion for supporting educators, students and parents as a writer, speaker, and training facilitator as well as a teacher.
It continues to be my goal to use my writing, teaching and speaking to support the education community with teaching Black children, using research and testimony to inform pedagogical as well as policy changes for the benefit of all Black students. It continues to be my hope that my words, spoken or written, resonate with educators of Black children. So long as I have breath in my body, I will continue to write, speak and teach to and on behalf of Black students.
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