Excited to go to Columbia, learn at TC, little did I know the joke was on me. "Why am I one of the only people of color in all of my classes?" Here I go to bear the "Black Girl Voice" to the room full of my "peers"...this ain't what I expected it to be...
Keep Your Head Up
Struggling and teaching at KIPP STAR NYC, undervalued and overworked, why they hatin' on me. Trying my hardest to #TeachtheBabies, why are we oppressing our babies? Using what I've learned to make a difference, it seems that this education I'm in does have a preference. #IaintKIPPBLACK#TestScores#Grit#SchooltoPrisonPipeline
Eyes Wide, Heart Open
Professor Sealey-Ruiz and David B have given me the tools to be un-apologetically, authentically me. 5518 colleagues woke me and provoked me to keep doing this difficult racial work at KIPP NYC. They wiped my tears, and helped me to face those hidden fears; sifting through the emotions were tough, but there was no better mental come up than the intellectual elevation, Coates, Kendi, Ladson-Billings, and Woodson gave me - BROKE these cuffs!
And You Will See!
Like David Johns say, "Gotta #TeachTheBabies", I bet you can guess, the impact of 5518 was crazy. Love the kids and teaching them right, regardless of how much I have to fight. I want to explain how much they need to know, but KIPP NYC ain't on my flow. Gotta continue the WORK and #TeachTheBabies regardless of obstacles that try to delay me.
Sitting at home, thinking how life changed, perspective sharper, mindset ain't the same. It took some time to get right here, but from where I stand, the path seems so clear. Gotta stay determined, eye on the prize because liberation is no longer only a disguise. The possibilities are endless yet, and the sweet taste of freedom is coming next. Thinking, "how can I keep enrolling in this class? It's my TLC and therapy!"
Change for my future is near and I cannot help but to attribute it to what I've learned and begun to embody here, confronting loaded issues within society and education, there need not be any miseducation of the minds of the future. Eyes on the goal and heart in the right place, I will continue to elevate into the perfect space; to be able to impact student lives and make a valuable difference, we gotta do this WORK together because the world is so vicious.