What is your “Extraordinary Impact?”
One thing that I am passionate about is the recruitment, mentoring, and retention of male educators of color. I work with an initiative called The BOND Project whose purpose is to help address this issue. Male educators of color are only 2% of the teaching force nationwide. Students need to see more diversity in their teachers. Creating workshops, advocating for resources, and providing support for educators seems ordinary but the need and potential outcomes are extraordinary.
What does being one of the BEMM 100 Men of Distinction mean to you?
There are a lot of people on this planet doing great things so anytime I am recognized for my hard work it is an honor. More importantly, to be recognized amongst other men of color is truly what makes this distinction special to me.
What are some examples of how you turned struggle into success?
I believe that struggle is relative. Some of us come from tough circumstances and we turn that resilience into positive energy. Others have individual challenges and they use that as the motivation to reduce challenges for others. As an educator, everyday is a beautiful struggle. You invest so much into every child and when you plant these seeds you never know if and when that process is going to yield fruit. There is nothing in the world that’s better than seeing your hard work yield fruit.