Someone asked me what made me become a teacher. Well, back in high school my principal told my parents that I should be kicked out and graduate from continuation school. Little did they know that I’d graduate from high school and go off and even get a masters from Harvard. Honestly, I never considered myself smart. For some reason, I was never taught to read and write essays. It wasn’t until continuation school I even read my first book. 🎶🎶🎨🎨High School was all about hiding behind my earphones, listening to music and analyzing the lyrics and the world. I hibernated and lived in my black book, creating my alternative worlds, which were the only spaces that fully flourished me. My grades were whatever and school was whatever. My parents were always telling me that I’m intelligent, and it wasn’t until I got my masters that I started to see my brain 🧠 for what it is.
It wasn’t until I was approved by a higher institution I gave my own self credibility. A lot of our youth identify as being “dumb” at school. This is not the case...and OUR KIDS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT BECAUSE NO GRADE OR SCHOOLING DEFINES THEM. THEY MAKE UP THE SCHOOL. I started to see that all the critical thinking I did through music and black booking sharpened my intelligence and it is me that brings the gold to the diplomas and academic accolades. 👩🏻🏫WHY I TEACH...AND STAY TEACHING: I’m thankful for art, but a human being would’ve been nice too.... I teach to making reading and writing relevant to our kids—ILLITERACY IS THE NEW JIM CROW. I teach to be a reminder to our future that they already have it all to succeed. I know I’m here to bring honesty and truth to the classroom. SCHOOLS SHOULD NOT ACT LIKE A CORPORATION, but a growing family that loves, adjusts, and accepts. I know right now our schools look like IBM in the 90s (haha), hence, I stay in the profession to open up these possible worlds to our kids to experience and bring into our future.