1998 is when I started teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. As a health and physical education teacher, I saw first-hand how instrumental relationships were in maintaining safe supportive learning climates. This correlation was magnified as I left elementary and entered the world called middle school. Here is where I really understood the importance, and embraced the concept, of teaching through relationships.
It was also in middle school where i developed a gang awareness and social responsibility program aimed at increasing school connectedness while providing youth with skills and alternatives to resist gang influence and involvement. I was asked to leave the classroom in order to direct this full-time across 15 targeted communities. My principal, with his blessing and support, granted the request. Currently I oversee the Character Development Department in Charlotte-Mecklenburg's 167 school district. My biggest challenge to date is navigating the politics of today's society. It is my goal to navigate these politics and have the students come out winners. Although brief in explanation, my journey mentioned in these pages have been long and wide. Looking forward to virtually meeting everyone in class.