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Meet Andre Mann, ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellow

Marissa Badgley

Marissa Badgley is the Programs and Policy Manager at ExpandED Schools.

Andre Mann, ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellow

In partnership with NYC Men Teach and the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), the ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellowship is a 10-month program designed to bring in, support, train and guide passionate men of color (Fellows) who are looking for pathways into teaching or youth development careers.

Marissa Badgley: What in your life led you to pursuing a career in education or youth development?

Andre Mann: In my own life, I’ve experienced a range of quality and access to learning opportunities. I have witnessed the difference in privilege that kids in private schools in higher income areas have compared to kids in public schools in lower income areas. It seems like kids of privilege have more enjoyable learning experiences, and I would love to bring that same joy to a classroom filled with students of color who might not come from those same means.


MB: Why is participating in this Fellowship important to you?

AM: The Fellowship is important to me because at every meeting I see a chance to grow. In each discussion with the Fellows, someone will present a solution or a problem that helps me understand more about teaching. There is always new information disseminated, and everyone in attendance has varying points of view. We collectively make a spectrum of experiences that creates a space for colorful masculinity with the main purpose of helping our younger counterparts succeed.

MB: What makes you a good role model for NYC students?

AM: I believe that it is very important to show respect children so that they learn to respect others in a manner that stays with them for the rest of their lives. I know I don’t know everything, and that helps me to continue to grow alongside my students. I want success for them in any and every way possible.

MB: Describe a teacher or educator who made a difference in your life. What did s/he do? Why was it important to you.

AM: My professor Miles Grier taught me to question the validity and usefulness of laws and other man-made systems. He showed me that things are fallible and that questioning is necessary to see a great final product in any piece of writing or any other venture.

MB: Tell us something interesting about yourself that is unrelated to education or working with students.

AM: I consider myself a writer and a poet. I write to express the way I see things at a particular point in time and create poetry to help express my feelings on my own life and the issues that affect me.



 

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Interested in being an MS ExTRA tutor? See here for details. - See more at: http://expandedschools.org/blog/meet-marvelous-mr-greg-reading-tutor#sthash.SfboP8k0.T4fHi7Ri.dpuf
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