May 13, 2019

Relay Recruiter Spotlight: Derrick Brown (KD)

KD Brown

WE’D LOVE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU - TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF.

I’m just a kid from South Dallas, with the passion to be a blessing in this world. Community engagement, the arts, and education is what takes up most of my time each day. I am a son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, mentee, and mentor.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CHOOSE A CAREER IN TEACHER RECRUITMENT? HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A RECRUITER?

I was working in education support as a Program Manager for an Out-of-School Time Network. As I was going into schools in the community that I was serving, I began noticing a lack of quality teachers. This inspired me to want to be a part of recruiting the best and brightest educators to serve not only these classrooms, but those across the country.

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF BEING A RECRUITER AT rELAY?

The most rewarding part of being a recruiter at Relay is hearing the excitement of the individuals you recruit when they are accepted in the program. Also, it is knowing that for years to come, students will have the pleasure of being taught by a highly prepared teacher.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS LOOKING TO BECOME A TEACHER?

The biggest piece of advice for someone looking to become a teacher is to lead with your heart and understand that each day is a new opportunity to make a difference in a young person's life.

CAN YOU SHARE WITH US YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING TEACHERS OF COLOR IN THE CLASSROOM?  WHAT TYPE OF IMPACT CAN THIS HAVE ON STUDENTS?

Having teachers of color is important to not only students of color, but to all students. They bring different experiences, allow for different conversations, and have the opportunity to develop a new culture in the classroom. Male teachers of color allow for young men to understand that teaching is a respected profession, while having potential mentors at their disposal.

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