Everyone has a “why.” It informs their motivations, their purpose, their drive and commitments. When you work on behalf of children and in service of communities, your “why” is crucial. As in why did you become an educator? Why are you working with these students? Why are you working in this particular community?
My “why” is seeped in the desire to fight for social and racial justice through education. Of course, my family and my elementary school’s educators played a huge role in shaping me and my outlook.
I hope that one day we will have a program like The Moth at Mastery Charter-Shoemaker Campus as an enrichment class or as an extra-curricular offering. The power of our students’ stories as they discover and share their “whys” will be truly palpable.
I can’t wait!