Partnership Director, Partnership
When I was an honor student my senior year of high school, my guidance counselor asked me, in passing, what college I was attending in the fall. At the time, I did not have an answer for him; however, that simple question changed the trajectory of my life and positively impacted my family’s life. My guidance counselor ensured I was enrolled in college the upcoming fall semester, where I became a first-generation college student, and was the first college graduate in my family. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from an amazing Historically Black College and University–South Carolina State University at Orangeburg. I also earned a Master’s Degree at National University as well as became a National Board-Certified teacher in Early Adolescence in Mathematics.
My career as an educator began as a middle school Math teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I served as a classroom teacher. During the first sixteen years of my career, I had the pleasure of serving in three states–North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington. After spending ten years in Bellevue, Washington, I relocated back to Charlotte, North Carolina, where I served as a Middle School Math Facilitator at various Title I Schools for the last fourteen years.
From the onset of my teaching career, I always knew there was a need for a focus on equity and access to education for students of color and those communities that have been historically marginalized and disenfranchised. Mathematics has often been seen as a barrier for minority students and I have been intentional throughout my matriculation in this profession to leverage my success with all types of students to become an advocate for all students, specifically black and brown students regardless of their academic abilities or socioeconomic status.
After 30 years in education, I am beyond excited to continue this work through Equal Opportunity Schools. I am elated that this organization pushes to challenge adult behaviors and mindsets to ensure success and access for
those groups of students who have been historically excluded from receiving an equitable education. It is an honor and privilege to serve as a Partnership Director for an organization that is dedicated and successful in closing the opportunity gap for students who look like me and come from a similar background.