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Restorative Justice Coordinator (2016-Present)
Sweet River Consulting at Science Skills Center High School

  • Launch and implement school-wide restorative practices

  • Provide professional development, technical assistance and support in restorative justice practices including community and relationship-building circles, conflict and harm reduction, and suspension re-entry

  • Revamp school-wide discipline policy in collaboration with all key stakeholders

  • Create and lead Restorative Justice Taskforce comprised of students, staff, family and community members

  • Collaborate with criminal justice, human rights and racial justice entities to affect policies with regards to the school-to-prison pipeline

Founding Dean Of School Culture (2014-2016)
Community of Unity at Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare

  • Establish systems and protocol for the purpose of building a strong school community culture

  • Create and enforce student discipline and detention policies

  • Create systems and structures for student celebrations

  • Assist teachers in building positive relationships with students

  • Structure and lead Town Hall Meetings

  • Building Response Team and Suspension Hearing Team member

Expanded Success Initiative Coordinator (2012 - 2014)
Urban Arts Partnership at New Design High School

Experiential Learning Trip: Washington, DC

Experiential Learning Trip: Philadelphia, PA

  • Develop and supervise alumni mentor and peer leaders programs

  • Expand youth development best practices through the creation of strategically aligned programming that promotes college and career readiness for Black and Latino male students

  • Plan and execute culturally responsive experiential learning opportunities, events and trips for students

  • Manage the $250,000 Expanded Success Initiative grant budget

  • Support students academically and socially through small group advisories

  • Plan and execute culturally responsive experiential learning opportunities for students, including out-of-state college access trips

  • Support students academically, socially and emotionally through small group advisories and individual sessions

  • Create and deliver professional development sessions to promote and support cultural relevancy in curriculum

Founding Capoeira Teacher & Program Creator (2005 - 2012)
KIPP:AMP Academy

Video & Article

Author & Implementer

  • Author and implement original capoeira curriculum and lesson plans in alignment with NYS Physical Education and Health standards for 300 students in grades 5-8

  • Create and execute Portuguese and culture lessons for 300 students in grades 5-8

  • Produce annual school-wide capoeira graduation (batizado), and up to five major and three minor performances each school year

  • Supervise all written and verbal communication with parents/guardians regarding capoeira-related field trips, grading policies, uniforms, performances and rehearsals, and safety and protocol

  • Responsible for managing a $35,000 annual budget

  • Manage and recruit a network of capoeira professionals and stakeholders who donate time and resources to the school’s capoeira program

  • Manage media relations and appearances of student capoeira performers, including interviews and bookings

  • Conduct after-school capoeira classes for parents/guardians

Performance & Event Director

  • Create and manage performance participation criteria, show details, staging and costumes, choreography, and spoken performance components

  • Create themes and unifying elements of school-wide shows

Cultural Implementation

  • Responsible for capoeira program branding, identity and design, including annual school shirts

  • Produce and lead staff professional development sessions and segments related to the school’s arts programming, including capoeira integration into all academic classes

  • Responsible for the visibility of capoeira as a key element of school culture, and herald its value to the outside community

  • Lead team-building capoeira sessions and activities for staff

Dean of Arts & Culture

  • Developed bi-weekly individualized schedules for 300 students and 35 faculty members as the Saturday School Program Coordinator

  • Conceptualized, produced and led the weekly school assemblies

  • Created and managed a system to ensure integrity of the school’s arts programming, which included grading, discipline, performance rubrics, and school-wide arts appreciation through integration

Lead by example

  • Founding Office Manager in charge of creating and maintaining multiple systems, including student files, lottery, parent communication, budgets, compliance, and food service

  • Advised on school-wide special events, discipline, trips, and culture

  • Participated in school planning meetings with superintendent, principal and other founding members

  • Contributed to the design and development of the school’s administrative structure

  • Participated in recruitment and hiring process

  • Developed and launched an Ethics & Social Justice Curriculum, Health & Sex Education Curriculum, and Student Advisory Program

  • Created a 10 day service trip to Brasil for 50 8th graders and 10 chaperones

Education Consultant
Brooklyn Center of Urban Environment

Created and executed age-appropriate urban planning and science curriculum for K-12 students in schools throughout New York City

Home Ownership Specialist
Faith Center Community Development

  • Taught and facilitated homebuyer and financial education courses

  • Prepared monthly status reports and materials for seminars/courses

  • Assisted the Director of Homeownership in providing technical assistance to homeownership counselors

Teacher’s Aide
Children’s International Workshop

  • Taught 2-4 year-olds the basics of communication and culture through cooperative learning and the arts

  • Assisted head teachers with special projects and classroom management

Vocational Specialist
Covenant House Regional Training Center

  • Created external partnerships in an effort to secure training opportunities for youth ages 16-22

  • Managed recruitment, placement, and follow-up of youth involved in ten unique training programs

  • Planned and executed educational activities to teach life skills to program participants

  • Planned voter registration drives, college tours, and educational seminars for program participants

Writing Achievements:

  • Huffington Post Contributor - Read: Go Ahead, Tell Them!

    Huffington Post Contributor - Read: My Five-Year-Old Black Son Is Color Conscious

  • Selected for 2014 Cullman Center Institute for Teachers Summer Seminar and Creative Writing Workshop

  • Selected for the 2013 Cave Canem Spring New York Poetry Conversation Series with Khadijah Queen

  • 2012 Pinch Journal & University of New Orleans Study Abroad Program in Arts & Writing Contest Nonfiction Honorable Mention

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