November 18, 2019

The black men who proved that a student like me could be a teacher like them

To read the entire op-ed by E4E-Chicago member Devin Evans, visit the Hechinger Report.

I became a teacher because of the influence and mentorship of Mr. Murray and Mr. Simms, two elementary-school teachers in Detroit.

They were excellent and ensured that I engaged in learning every day. They persevered when at first I did not understand a concept, and they had stern but caring dispositions. Mr. Murray and Mr. Simms took an interest in who I was as a student. They also looked like me: They were black men.

Seeing a diverse teaching force at the helm of the classroom showed me that teaching was a viable career for a black student in Detroit, and they inspired me to follow my dream of becoming a teacher.

To read the complete op-ed, visit the Hechinger Report.