Can you talk about your journey?
My journey up to this point has been a pretty great one. When I graduated from college, I was trying to figure out my purpose in life; one that I believed to revolve around basketball. I was hoping to go to the NBA or overseas to play basketball. I even had great mentors like Mr. Robinson and Mr. Hense, who encouraged me to obtain an internship. It was then when I became a long-term substitute teacher at Tech Prep. I realized that I liked teaching and being a positive part of these kids lives. So, after substitute teaching for a year, I became a paraprofessional and was soon after offered a position to teach physical education here at FPCS Woodridge. Basketball is still a passion of mine, but I see a bigger purpose to teach kids here. I see the positive effect that I have on our scholars. When they see someone that is energetic, confident, positive and believes in them, they get hope. They want the same for themselves. I share my college experiences with them and they’re inspired. These kids teach me a lot about myself and what I can offer as a teacher.
What do you like about Friendship?
I graduated from Friendship in 2008. Coming to Friendship was one of the best decisions of my life. I had coaches, teachers, and mentors who all cared about my well being. They showed me not only how to get “to and through college” but through life. And now I have the opportunity to give back to the next generation. When you have a great school and a wonderful community, it makes your life a joy. I come to work with great people here. We help each other and work together as a team. It makes your day go by so smoothly. Kids are going to be kids, but we have a strong culture where we want to see each other and our scholars succeed.
Before I came to Friendship, the only reason I went to school was to play basketball. They say, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” but that’s exactly what I did.
When you have a great school and a wonderful community, it makes your life a joy.