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Your favorite song currently and the artist: Get You by Daniel Ceasar
Currently reading: Autobiography of Malcolm X
Favorite food spot in your city: Record’s BBQ
Sweet Tea or Lemonade (it’s a Southern thing): Sweet tea
Describe yourself in one word: Determined
If you attended University/College, where did you graduate: University of Houston – Bachelors, University of North Texas – Masters, University of Texas Arlington – PhD (in progress)
If you are Greek, which organization: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Favorite place to visit/vacation: Any beach in the world.
Where are you from? Dallas, TX
What do you do? How did this “role” come about? How and why are you best known by others?
I am an educational consultant and PhD student. Through my training, The FRESH Classroom, I equip teachers with the need to better serve students of color through the use of culturally relevant teaching. I started as a teacher in schools, then became a teacher leader, and eventually a Principal. This new-found role came about when I began to get inquiries about conducting on-campus training.
Did you attend college and/or have formal training in your respective field or industry?If so, please elaborate on the year you graduated and from what institution.
My major was in Psychology and I double minored in African American Studies and English. While this was not a major in education, I would say my studies gave me a unique perspective that informed my approach in the classroom.
What factors of your upbringing influenced your career goals?
Attending a variety of schools from private to low-income, I wanted to be a change agent and advocate for students that may otherwise be left voiceless. When I attended schools with a majority of students of color in a low-income area, I noticed the lack of resources and expectations. When attending schools that were more diverse and more affluent, I came to understand early on the role of education in social reproduction.
How long have you been in this career? What did you do previously?
I have been in education for 9 years now. Prior to education, I worked in the treasury department of a payroll firm.
What long-term goals do you have? What steps are you currently taking in this direction?
Long term I see myself as a published author, speaker, and an educator on an international scale. Currently, I am working to empower teachers locally, in hopes that they are equipped to impact the lives of ALL students and prepare them for success.
Tell us about your social media presence. Do you use it in your line of work? Why or why not, is it important in your day-to-day responsibilities, platform or career?
I work to keep my social media platforms current for the FRESH Classroom. We are currently using IG, FB, Twitter, and YouTube. I think it’s important to share information about what we do, but I also think managing social media accounts can sometimes be overwhelming and the quality of the content can suffer when the volume is the goal. For that reason, I’ve decided I’ll post when we have something good to share, and I won’t just pump content for the sake of trying to “stay relevant”.
Which public figures, role models and or historical figure shaped your goals as a child and in adulthood? Any that embodies your personal values?
Oprah Winfrey is my God Mother (no really she is… In my head). If you ask my friends they will actually tell you that. LOL. I grew up watching the Oprah Winfrey show at 4:00pm from the time I can remember (at Big Momma’s House) to the last episode of season 25 (I would schedule college courses around Oprah. There was no DVR then!). While there are some other public figures I love (i.e. my sister Angela Rye… also in my head) Mother O taught me so many lessons about the power of forgiveness, living fearlessly, and just how to be a boss! She was an example that when you do good work that is turned outward and not centered on selfish ambitions, that God will elevate you and use you in miraculous ways. My fairy God Mother O!
What does it mean to you to be a millennial? How do you share that with others in your life, those you meet and with your peers?
I love being a millennial. To me, it means going your own way and challenging the status quo. While some millennials may take this to the extreme, I believe we are the generation of “Why?” When people tell us what we should or should not do or be we push back. I was a child plagued with the question of “Why?” This question can get you beat as a black child. LOL. From the black church experience to the patriarchal underpinnings of America, we push the bounds. Maybe too far sometimes, in an effort to discover authenticity and live in it. That’s what being a millennial means to me. Some people see self-absorbed selfie hoarders, I see discoverers of self.