After working in public school settings throughout and after my undergraduate years, I concluded “we’re doing this wrong.” Not knowing what that completely meant, I had made two decisions: I would attend graduate school for educational studies, and I would home educate my sons through their formative years. Originally, I started my own blog to cater to boy-moms and African-American homeschoolers. Within four years, I launched Morah Sheli Village (MSV) to host an array of learning resources; including consultations, e-courses designed and taught by me, and my most successful and flagship product, a history program titled Our History Revealed: Africans in America.
I earned my B.A. in Psychology and later earned my M.A. in Educational Studies with a concentration in English for Grades 7-12 from Piedmont College. My capstone examined what I had coined as the 4Cs (cultural, critical, creative, and comprehensive) of communication within a culturally-relevant classroom. I interned as a Secondary English Teacher and have held various academic roles from graduation counseling, student advising, and curriculum development.
Today, I wear a few hats in the world of education. I currently serve as an Education Program Manager, transitional youth and adults, for a non-profit organization. I also support graduate students along their academic paths from matriculation to graduation and maintain an adjunct faculty appointment both for the same four-year university. My area of focus is transitional youth (ages 14-24) as it relates to academic achievements, school/career readiness and success, and social and professional skills, specifically within the African-American and Afro-Latinx communities. I am passionate about racial and social issues, equity, literacy/composition, and languages with interests in higher education, student life, and psycho-educational studies.
My next career goals are to present my latest proposal titled, “Writing through Social Identity and Awareness” for the 2020 CCCC Summer Conference at the University of Southern California, to explore 2020 Summer residential life with students as the Campus Director at another local four-year university, study Spanish, and to earn my PhD. Much of this blogging space will chronicle my journey to and through graduate school as a doctoral candidate.