Coach, Consultant, Speaker
Degree(s): M.S. Curriculum and Instruction
Degree(s): B.S. Early Childhood Education
Professional Certification: Early Childhood Education
Endorsement: Read To Succeed Literacy Teacher
Present Position(s): Second-grade teacher, Ph.D. Candidate Columbia, SC
My teaching and research focus on Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Pedagogies from an African Diaspora Literacy stance. I hold a B.A. from Benedict College; a M.Ed from the University of Wisconsin; and I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Carolina. I am co-author of the book, We’ve Been Doing it Your Way Long Enough: Choosing the Culturally Relevant Classroom. I have a long history with NCTE, including serving on NCTE’s Research Foundation, receiving NCTE’s Early Career Educator of Color Leadership award in 2011, and my classroom work inspired NCTE’s Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching initiative. As a two-time participant in the Fulbright Hayes Group Project, I have studied history, culture, and language while traveling to Sierra Leone (2011) and Ghana (2018). Most recently, I was awarded the in Columbia, SC, and I serve as a model teacher at the Center for the Education and Equity of African-American Students (CEEAAS). I am available to coach teachers and speaking related to culturally responsive teaching.