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The Advance Certificate (Adv Cert) Special Education program impacted my practice by equipping me with tools and resources to meet the needs of all learners. I learned how to implement and write IEP’s, use interventions that rapidly catch students up to grade level, spoke with families about how to support their child at home and their rights in this system, and advocated for the students in my classroom and around the school as a whole.
I was born in Guyana and moved to New York at 12 years old. I grew up with both of my parents and three older siblings. With everything my siblings and I have done, my parents have always made sure that education was first and foremost in our lives. My mom was a teacher in Guyana for over 20 years and because of her love for learning, her children developed the same love and passion for learning.
My background wasn’t in education. I wanted to learn more about the teaching profession and have the opportunity to practice and perfect a craft that I didn't have. I wanted to be able to learn while also teaching others to learn.
I find inner peace in doing for others. I always think about how every summer my grandmother made me, my siblings, cousins, and other neighborhood children pick up trash from the side of the road in her neighborhood.
Dr. Cornel West said we have a history that is “inseparable from though not reducible to victimization.” This is just as essential as it is difficult to keep in mind when white high school dropouts own more wealth than black and Latino college graduates. Black children in America today are constantly being told that they do not belong and they are not enough.
Growing up in the bi-lingual/bi-cultural area of the U.S.-Mexico border city called Edinburg, as well as having the opportunity to visit other areas and experience other cultures; I have been exposed to many different beliefs and customs. Although I do not have an undergraduate degree in education, I do have a lifetime’s worth of experience being the child of educators.
I immigrated from the Dominican Republic to the Bronx with my mother and sister when I was 5 years old. My mother always put an emphasis on schooling and made sure we had all that we needed to be successful in the classroom. This passion for education helped me become the first person in my family to graduate from college in May 2016. In 2020, I will be the first to graduate from graduate school. All my life I knew I wanted to give back to the community and country that was able to offer me and my family so much.
Mr. Marnee' Grant is the Director of Recruitment at Relay. I’ve worked in the non-profit/education fields for the last decade. Before his role at Relay, Marnee' served as the team lead for the Apollo Fellows program at Houston Independent School District and as a Recruitment Manager at City Year. Marnee is passionate about connecting people to opportunities that help them further their careers.
I was born and raised in Bronx, NYC. Both of my parents are from Ghana and came to NYC in the early 80s for a better life. Throughout my life, they have put a huge emphasis on education and made me understand the importance of receiving an education and becoming the best version of myself in life.
By: Nichelle Bowes, Ed.D
I moved to the United States from Guyana when I was 12 years old. From the time that I disembarked the plane at JFK Airport in New York, I knew my life would be different, and it was in many ways.
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