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"The point is to keep working at a job you believe is valuable and hope it makes life better for others, whether or not you see immediate improvement."

Robert Lawrence Smith

Personal Statement


I am a...
Lifelong Learner and Girl Scout
 

As a Rutgers Graduate with a Masters in Social Studies Education my practices are based in culturally responsive and relevant pedagogies. I hold a B.A. in History from Rutgers University with a semester at Sciences Po Paris. For completion of my Certificate in Public History with the National Council on Public History I completed an internship with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Park Service. 

With the focus in facilitation over instruction I strive to find common grounds of communication. My practice is focused on supporting us to learn and develop alongside one another.  Having over two decades of experience working and volunteering locally, nationally and globally with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts I approaches learning environments with an intersectional Womanist+ mindset. I specialize in international leadership education and firmly believe everyone can practice good leadership in their everyday life.

I currently work for Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School serving with the mission of learning through challenge and discovery as well as the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. I serve as a National Volunteer Partner for the Girl Scouts of USA as well as a Global Volunteer Partner for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Currently, I am trained as an expert facilitator for the Free Being Me/Action on Body Confidence program with the mission to reach 3 million people and to eliminate body image related anxiety so we can each be empowered to impact decision makers through advocacy and awareness.

Photographer
As an artist, I am available for hire as a photographer for events, portraits, product photography, archival, art, architecture, and more. My purpose to be present behind the lens began with a 365 project in 2010 where I challenged myself to take least one photo every day for a year and somewhere in the photo sat a pocket sized statuette of the smiling Buddha ( part 1 & part 2 ). A practice in being present helped me to develop an eye for character through the study of framing light. I believe in capturing the light within each person and empowering people to feel good in their skin.

Authentic Jazz Dancer, DJ, and Event Producer.   
As a lifelong Jazz dancer I believe it is one of the most important American traditions to experience, study, and share. I am grateful to be welcomed as a guest in the Continuum of Jazz as an authentic Black American cultural art form. I believe the dance floor is an important space for us to continuously connect and develop our understanding of ourselves within the Beloved Community where we can each share and uplift one another through the common threads of life. 

 

Sankofa is one of many Adinkra symbols originating in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire

Thank you for taking the time to learn about my work. Please don't hesitate to connect.

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