“I wanted to get into education, and Michigan’s No Worker Left Behind program led me into early childhood education. I have my bachelor’s degree in child development, and am working on my master’s degree. I want to be an advocate, to inspire more men to teach at this level. We need more male teachers to inspire our young boys and have a better understanding of their developmental needs, because they’re not the same as girls’. Boys are more active, a little more outgoing. We are at the forefront of preparing them for school.
I’m a lead teacher at New St. Paul Head Start. I’ve been with Head Start for about seven years. I constantly advocate for Head Start. You can be part of creating a better future; you can help the community and these young people by being not just a teacher, but a male role model.
I enjoy working for New St. Paul because they have a lot of incentives to move up in the agency. They provide training. They try to meet the needs of the students and the teachers by providing materials, like these new magnetic STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) squares. New St. Paul is not afraid to step out into the new technology and deal with what’s coming up for future.
The most rewarding part of my job is watching these guys learn, have fun and be themselves. This is a place where they can have refuge, where they can really open up while they learn. It’s good to work with my boys, where they can move around and jump up and down and be boys.”