February 5, 2024

Genelle Faulkner – 2024 Black History Month Educator Spotlight

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Name: Genelle Faulkner
Role: High School Teacher
E4E-Chapter: Boston

Why is it important to support Black educators in the classroom? Black educators give it their all in the classroom. We see ourselves reflected in our students and often over-tax ourselves to get them what they need. We need to feel supported so that we can sustain ourselves while doing what needs to be done for our students.

How do you plan to celebrate Black History Month?

(In your school, family traditions, self-exploration, care, etc.) I plan to incorporate more highlights of black scientists and directly relate it to what we are currently learning. Not just focusing on scientists of the past but bringing the more recent scientists to the forefront as well. In the past, I’ve Zoom-called friends of mine who are scientists and had them answer questions from my students. Thanks for reminding me that I need to bring that back! I also love pulling out more of my African/Caribbean-themed clothing, though I interspersed these outfits throughout the year as well.

What is your favorite quote from a Black figure in history?”

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
It speaks to the idea of knowledge being power. When people learn more about their situations, they are better able to navigate them and to advocate for themselves and others.

Additional comments you would like to make around Black History Month?

Black History is 365! It saddens me to think that there are so many people trying to erase history by not allowing people to learn about what actually happened in the past. Black History is a part of the fabric of American history and should be represented as such.

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