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.
Instead of entering juveniles into the criminal justice system, I’m trying to keep them out.