I continue to work in education because I found my WHY. Knowing I make a difference in an entire school community on a daily basis from being a mentor, a father figure, and a role model and just someone that can be trusted is very important to me. Black and Brown children need to see me, they need to see that there are a plethora of opportunities outside of the sports and entertainment industry. Education is so much more than teaching, it is providing a way and stepping up to the plate and being all those things your students need to be successful in the classroom.
Thats WHY I do what I do, day in and day out.
After 16 years of officiating college football; I have thrown my last flag and tooted my last whistle. This morning I submitted my resignation letter to the Supervisor of Officials for The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association [CIAA]. I’m thankful for everything that officiating has taught me, the places it has taken me and above all the people it has put in my path. I will miss it tremendously but it is time to turn the page and begin the next chapter of my life. “See you on the Goal Line”
“A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” (aka VPHP) was initiated as a National Program of Alpha during the 1930’s when many African-Americans had the right to vote but were prevented from voting because of poll taxes, threats of reprisal, and lack of education about the voting process.
Voter education and registration have remained a dominant focus of this outreach activity for over 65 years. In the 1990’s, the focus has shifted to include political awareness and empowerment, delivered most frequently through town meetings and candidate forums.
President Barack Obama called on people to vote during his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, by saying, "don't boo vote" when the topic turned to the Republican candidate Donald Trump and the crowd of 1000s began to boo. This is so fitting for 2020.
Black Lives really do Matter and the Mayor of Washington DC made it a point to let the world know right there on 16th Street. And while she was at it, she made a proclamation to change the name of that portion to be called Black Lives Matter Plaza.
I had no choice to distant learn... But what I didn't know was how much I actually would learn. Working with the other vice principal to determine a sense of normalcy in this unprecedented learning environment, I found myself getting familiar with new technologies (WebEx, Zoom and TEAMs) to maintain a supportive presence within our local school community. Collectively the administrative team at Berry Elementary created a schedule designed to meet with staff for them to stay abreast with the most current information regarding distant learning and overall school operations as we were all now working from home. Through this communication we were able to identify those families that lacked the basic needs to participate remotely because of their deficiency in resources. With the help of our PPW and other school-based personnel we were able to provide nearly all of those families with the necessary tools to participate remotely with little to no delay in their learning process. The collaboration with my administrative team was invaluable for me as I was navigating my first year as a school administrator. It provided me an additional level of confidence in the transition from classroom to front office. We worked together with our staff to interact and participate with students on the various platforms during their distant learning experiences.
I tried to hang on to Charlene for as long as I could. From the onset of our relationship we didn’t always see eye to eye. But it was only because we were very much alike: introverted and creatively talented and always looking for the best in others whether it be in the classroom or in the streets. As Charlene embarks on the next chapter of her life and begins her journey “Into the Woods”. I leave her with some parting words of encouragement. I’m not allowed to have favorites, but if I did, she would have some of the qualities that she has. When Keenan came into the picture, I knew he would be the one to sweep her off her feet but allow her to stay grounded, focused and motivated to do better and be better. I’m just glad that he is someone that can handle her mood swings that she will most certainly exhibit, from time to time. As they begin this journey, I will keep a keen eye on them as they continue to grow together and travel “Into the Woods”.
Wedding is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020 in Hagerstown, MD
I'm more than my title will ever be.