Former teacher turned school abolitionist. Working at the intersection of land, food, and climate justice. Light brown. Unapologetically Black. Punches up.
RECENT WORK EXPERIENCE
Philadelphia Orchard Project (2020 – Present) | Orchard Intern
School District of Philadelphia (2018 – 2020) | Middle & High School Science Teacher
Austin Independent SchoolDistrict (2014 – 2017) | Middle & High School Science Teacher
COSEBOC (2011-2012) | Sankofa Passages Mentor
Earthseed Project(in progress) — An education/community organizing program designed to build community, share knowledge, and work toward collective liberation. Using participatory action research (PAR), land-based learning, and collective narrative, the project examines issues of land, food, and environmental justice through an explicit racial and socioeconomic lens.
From the Schoolhouse to the Field: Toward the Abolition of Enclosure and an Education for Liberation (in progress) — Master’s thesis examining how schooling reproduces various forms of enclosure (space, time, community, body, mind, knowledge, life) to maintain relations of domination; draws upon the continuum of Black and Indigenous resistance to formulate an intervention into education and organizing
Until the Monsters Come (in progress) — a dreampunk novel about kids, trauma, and parallel worlds.
Climate Change PAR Project (2020) — transdisciplinary participatory action research project examining the local impacts of climate change, disparities between communities steeped in a continuum of racism and discriminatory policy. Coordinated with external partners to host a climate panel, various workshops, and activities.
Mendez Middle School Student Union (2016–2017) — Repurposed student council into a representative student government model, using a combination of restorative practices and design thinking to cultivate and grow student voice and agency.
Blended Learning Science Classroom (2016–2017) — Developed and implemented a classroom model wherein students engage with content in a variety of ways, and at different paces, with an emphasis on technology integration.
Action Research: Toward a Culturally Responsive Science Classroom (2016–2017) — Researched and implemented various culturally responsive practices, such as explicit communication of high expectations, student-centered instruction through blended learning. Used restorative circles and a survey instrument to measure student classroom culture and climate, and student self- efficacy, and to solicit and act on student input into their own learning experience.
Austin ISD Secondary Science Curriculum (2016–2017) — Developed new inquiry-based lessons, labs, and activities, aligned with Texas standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
COMMITTEES & COHORTS
Food Policy Advisory Council (2021–Present)
Red Black and Green New Deal Working Group (2021–Present) | Movement for Black Lives
Training for Impact Cohort (2021) | Climate Advocacy Lab
Critical Participatory Action Research Intensive (2021) | Public Science Project
Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (2020–Present)
Philadelphia Writing Project (2019) | Invitational Summer Institute
Scientist in Residence Program (2016–2017) | University of Texas Environmental Science Institute