In my classroom, I feel best when I’m learning with and from my students. Across our school community, we have the best chance at success when we illuminate the thoughts and perspectives of our students.
My students are my driving force in this work, and I hope for them, I’m a daily reminder of what it looks like to use your voice and create change any way you know how.
If you love kids and you're passionate about education, you thrive at a place like KIPP.
Our children need teachers who care. Teachers who are going to push them.
We have to show our kids that we are in their corner. And we have to show them how ridiculously important education is.
This work is so important to me, because I know what’s out there. I know what my students are up against. I know what my students face when they walk outside of this building at the end of every day.
Before Mr. Harris left, he looked me in the eye and said, “Jay. Don’t mess this up.” I didn’t. I graduated on the dean’s list.
There have been so many great moments at KIPP.
As teachers, we have the unique opportunity to help our kids understand that they are in charge of their identity.
Now it’s my turn to help people younger than me. Helena, Arkansas is home. And home is a place worth investing in.