That process -- of searching, of exploring, of finding the right educational fit -- left an impact that still affects me to this day. I learned how powerful really good parents were.
I got into teaching because I wanted to be a role model for children of color, especially young girls. When people ask me what inspired me to go down that path, I tell them about Ms. Harrison, my fifth grade teacher.
I call myself a learner first and an educator second. To do this work well, you have to be constantly learning and getting better...As school leader, I know it is critical that our team of teachers and leaders model the commitment to learning we want to see in our students.
My mom has instilled in me a deep belief that participation is the key to building community – that we must be there for each other and love each other in order to better not only ourselves, but the world we live in.
KIPP schools are intensely and unapologetically academic. It gives students the building blocks – math, reading, arts, music, and the higher order thinking skills of analyzing and deconstructing and reconstructing – that prepare students for a wonderful life and future.
We started with two buses and two routes. So now we have 19 routes, 29 buses.
That year of applying to schools was one of the hardest times of my life. But there were good moments, too: people or experiences that pushed me into an unexpected place of clarity.
I wanted to make sure black and brown children were able to have the opportunities any other child was afforded.
If you love kids and you're passionate about education, you thrive at a place like KIPP.
We are all students in a land of opportunity, and we are all learning to embrace who we are, how we got here, and the beauty of our interwoven struggle.