Educators share an affinity with the sun, mirroring its ability and power to warm, nurture, and guide the masses. The book Why The SUN Rises shares the inspiration, sweat, and tears of professionals in education. This collection of essays tells 29 unique stories about a profession that is regarded as the hardest in the world.
Join us in bringing together a community passionate about teaching and learning, in all of its unique forms. This event will showcase the diverse voices from Why The SUN Rises, followed by a panel and audience discussion to unfold some of the topics found in our author’s stories. Amongst those topics you will hear, and be invited to participate in, discussions around how we can be part of changing an educational landscape that is more restrictive than it is freeing, navigating school as women of color, and how our own personal narratives can both free and heal us and our students.
Panel Moderator: Meredith Chase-Mitchell has worked in the nonprofit sector under the education umbrella for over fifteen years in the capacity of director of programs, charter school advocate, and recruiter. She is currently a middle school special education language arts teacher Arlington, Virginia, and has also written a children's book entitled “Mommy and Me” highlighting positive relationships between a mother and her daughter. In 2014, Meredith founded Classroom Culture, an education based startup that provides a platform for professionals in education to collaborate and lead.
Jenna Shaw is the Director of Technology and Creativity at Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore City, Maryland. Jenna is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Whole Teacher, a nonprofit that embeds mental health and wellness services in schools for Baltimore City educators.
Tianna Adams is a Los Angeles native and graduate of Howard University. She has over ten years experience as an educator and has worked at a variety of private and public schools. She is currently an INstructional Coach for Prince George's Public Schools.
Dr. Angela Chambers
Nicole E. Smith currently resides and works in DC as the Senior Program Officer, School Programs for the College Success Foundation DC and is the President and CEO of Smith Education Consulting, where she assists and supports families through the entire college selection and acceptance process.
Nakia Dow is an alum of Virginia Tech and has been in education for over ten years in various education settings. She has taught middle school English, special education, and served as a special education coordinator.