What do you do at CEI?
As the Program Manager of the Equity Certificate Program I strive to help build culturally inclusive and socially just education settings and developing candidates’ knowledge and skills sets to lead for equity in their school buildings and district.
What did you do prior to CEI?
I have served in some of the most marginalized and underrepresented communities in the Portland Metropolitan area for 20 years. By trade, I am an elementary school teacher. I’ve taught in both general education and alternative education for a total of five years. Prior to that, several years as a youth advocate helped me to discover and develop tools to educate, empower, and enlighten young people. I was able to integrate my passion for youth, competitive nature, and love of sports by coaching youth football for over a decade, leading multiple teams to city championships.
Why do you do this work?
I have a heart and passion for youth. I want to create and cultivate an environment to maximize their potential and fulfill their purpose. I had unique challenges and obstacles growing up as a Black student. But I loved school! I was successful and able to achieve at a high level because I had a community of people who believed in me, saw the best in me, supported me, and pushed me out of my comfort zone. They were compassionate and caring, but also had very, very high expectations. They never allowed me to settle for anything less than excellence. I am firmly committed to sewing those same seeds into future generations.
What do you believe?
I believe in bringing all of me to everything I do. This is how I honor the Giver of my gifts and those who have gone before me, on whose shoulders I stand on.
What is a question that guides your work?
How will I dominate over all things that oppose my destiny?–I am here on purpose, therefore I have purpose.
“So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.” -Psalms