Social Justice Activism is in my blood & imprinted on my soul. I was named for a Kennedy & a King. I marched on DC in the womb & I’ve followed the path ever since. My boots have always been on the ground, both literally & figuratively.
I taught for almost 25 years at the same school I attended as a student~ community means the world to me, again both literally & figuratively.
Activism cannot & should not exist without education & the converse is even more true. The classrooms are the true frontlines of the revolution.
I put this ideal into creative & concrete practice every day & indeed throughout my over twenty-five year career:
· Forging our school’s Gay Straight Alliance, the first such in a middle school in New Jersey & that has since served as an exemplar for so many others;
· Creating a mural outreach program whereby students painted inspirational & aspirational artwork both in our hallways & for local charitable organizations;
· Writing & directing plays in collaboration with my students that addressed social, cultural & political issues;
· Serving in my local community on the Mercer County Human & Civil Rights Committee & on the world stage as a Fulbright MF Scholar to Japan;
· & in my classroom of course wherein I taught & modeled the idea & ideal of the intersection of art & awareness, of creativity & activism.
After 25 years in the classroom & upon winning the NEA Social Justice Activist of the Year, I decided to move forward with my experience, my knowledge, & my passion, to bring my service to a greater platform—
to serve & defend our community.
I want every individual- whether it be in a school, in a workplace, or in everyday life- to feel safe, to feel protected, to be respected, & indeed to feel & to be loved...
& that is why I founded the
Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice.
Awarded NEA Social Justice Activist of the Year, 2017
Keynote speaker at NEA Conference on Racial & Social Justice
Speaker on LGBTQIA rights at NJEA Minority Leadership & Recruitment Conference
Formation & guidance of multiple
Gay Straight Alliance’s, both local & national
Senate Proclamations, 2003; 2017
Kenneth Cole Courageous Class, 2016
New Jersey State Champion of Equality, 2014
Teacher Who Makes Magic, 2014
Fulbright MF Scholar to Japan, 2005
Princeton University Teacher as Scholar, 2005
East Windsor Regional School District
Teacher of the Year, 2004
Created mural program, Kreps Middle School, 2003-2017
Founded & ran The Creatures of Awareness Theatre Co., a non-profit community theatre group which raised over $10,000 for AIDS foundations & support groups, 1989-1994
In addition to the above, as an artist & activist, I continued whilst teaching into present day to create many works of art, the vast majority of which were in the form of donations for various causes & organizations in which I believe & want to support.
o Some examples of such can be seen aquí:
What I’ve done tho’,
nothing compared to what I’m gonna’ do…