Blurred Lines: How Social Media Impacts the Classroom

For the past couple of days, we have seen headlines regarding children getting hurt at school in the Tampa Bay Area. There are serious concerns with our school district and this can no longer be swept under the rug. Our children are being arrested for fighting because the school district hasn’t been consistent with applying discipline policies and providing real resources that will impact our children. This is not conjecture, the proof is on social media. The community must pay [...]

By |September 20th, 2019|

Student J

Last night was a rough one for me. I found out my parents didn't have enough money to pay the rent and the landlord kicked us out of our trailer. That man threw out our belongings and we didn't have much left behind.   We went to our Auntie's house and I had to sleep on the floor. I need to get a job to help my parents out. I don't want to continue to live like this.   I [...]

By |September 15th, 2019|

Enough Is Enough! Our Children Deserve Better!

As a former educator, this is my plea: School districts have already started the privatization of teachers. It's called Kelly Services! (or whatever they call their substitute service in different areas) Next, they want to do this to the custodians. The real heroes on the school campus. Think about how many certified teachers would leave certain schools to be replaced by subs. So who gets left behind? Districts don't bat an eye because they 'met' their obligation. They feed the [...]

By |September 5th, 2019|

My request… Be honest with your stakeholders HCPS

On August 20, 2019, I attended the school board meeting to speak to the leaders at Hillsborough County Public Schools. I really hope that my message resonates with them to do what’s right. Here’s my message: As the days go by, I have witnessed the continued corruption and lack of transparency. Today, I wanted to watch the school board workshop to hear if progress was happening in our inner-city schools. The only thing I could find was a FB live [...]

By |August 20th, 2019|

My Back To School Truth: I’m Grieving

As I watch my timeline excited for the next school year, I am somewhat grieving. I fell in love with teaching. I enjoyed teaching students how to code and empowering them to generate money online. I enjoyed being a person my students felt safe with and a listening ear. As the new school year is approaching, I am reflecting on my school years and how it impacts my advocacy work. When I was teaching, I watched children bully one another [...]

By |August 11th, 2019|

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