Why do you think educators are so important right now?
Educators have always played a pivotal role in shaping the context of the current and future landscape in most economic, political, and social spaces. To that end, educators continue to be on the front line of all things in this country as we evolve and prepare for the future.
What impact have you seen this program have on the community?
Our program continues to be a positive force in the educational landscape of Indianapolis. The program has ushered hundreds of teachers into classrooms around Center Township. As a result, the program has contributed positively to intentionally diversifying the teacher pipeline, providing teachers that are well equipped to address curriculum and social movements in the modern-day classroom, and addressing the social and emotional well-being of the students that they serve.
What makes this program so special?
Indianapolis Teaching Fellows is an alternative certification program that provides training and coaching to individuals from all facets of life. Fellows have the opportunity to learn and grow from individuals that they may not have come into contact with otherwise. These experiences shape their views on education and position them to engage with students through these same mindsets.
What does justice in education mean to you?
Ensuring that all individuals have access and opportunity to reach their maximum ceiling. Justice provides that the context in which we thrive is equitable and attainable given the proper context and circumstances.
What keeps you motivated in this work?
My passion to see people thrive and grow keeps me motivated to do this work. The opportunities that teachers provide for students is an ongoing process of thriving and growing. Teacher preparation allows me the opportunity to be a positive contributor in a world that holds some individuals in deficit spaces. Teachers have keys that unlock those deficits and work to provide positive outcomes for students so that they can one day perpetuate the same process.