Urban Education and the Next Generation of Black Teachers
Chapter 5. Junior Year: Practicing Teacher
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Shironda is a small and gorgeous woman with a personality and dynamic that gets people’s attention. I first met Shironda when she was a senior in high school through a non-profit organization on which I sat on the Board. She came to interview for a scholarship for high schoolers planning to major in education. In the interview, Shironda came with a very low GPA (2.0 range) from high school, but she explained how she “got her act together” late in her high school career, and she was determined to be an excellent teacher. Shironda promised, “I won’t let you down.”
Behind closed doors, there was a real debate if we should give Shironda this competitive scholarship, as she just did not have the grades. But I and one other person knew that there was just “something” about this woman. Shironda got the scholarship, and she actually chose to come to Carver University as a Secondary Education, English major.
Shironda did not hold back, and she kept her promise. From freshman year, she was voted in as class president and kept her seat through most of her college career. Also, she maintained a high GPA and was the president of Kappa Delta Pi—the education major’s honor society—and president of the Education Club. I left Carver University Shironda’s sophomore year, but I came back to co-teach an intensive urban course with ← 87 | 88 → a colleague, and I was fortunate to have Shironda as a student then....
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