Student Profiles

portrait of Trakeisha Millbrook, an African American female

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Undergraduate Field of Study: Computer Sciences

Endorsement Area: Elementary Education

Why the Master of Arts in Urban Education Program?

Throughout my life, regardless of what I have been involved in, children have always been in my presence and I was expected to teach them, whether it was music, dance, crafts etc. I desire to improve materials used to educate students in the public school system and I want to help them develop lifelong skills that will benefit them in the future.

portrait of Duke Sherrell

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Undergraduate Field of Study: Urban Studies

Endorsement Area: N/A

Why the Master of Arts in Urban Education Program?

I believe education is important in overcoming systemic oppression and I hope to eventually go into education administration in higher education to help overcome the roadblocks that many minorities face everyday.

headshot of Mackenzie Lampner, a white female

Hometown: Green, OH

Undergraduate Field of Study: Educational Studies

Endorsement Area: Elementary

Why the Master of Arts in Urban Education Program?

The idea that education is a calling really resonates with me. I didn't plan to study education. Through my participation in City Lynx I was able to work at Snowden Elementary where I informally learned about educational inequality, the detrimental effects of tracking, and teacher burnout. By the end of my freshman year at Rhodes I knew that I would major in education.

head shot of Barbara Jayne Wells, an African American female

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Undergraduate Field of Study: General Education

Endorsement Area: Reading and ELA (K-6)

Why the Master of Arts in Urban Education Program?

Education must choose you. I believe I was hand picked to deliver a message to future generations. I am truly grateful for the teachers I came across when I was in grade school. They all made it a point to make sure students understand that education was the way out.  It was a deep message for me to grasp at that time but I've grown to understand what they meant as I have gotten older.

head shot of April Boyd, an African American female

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Undergraduate Field of Study: English

Endorsement Area: Elementary

Why the Master of Arts in Urban Education Program?

I want to make an impact on inner city school children to let them know their worth and their capabilities.

head shot of Anamika Jasani

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Undergraduate Field of Study: International Development

Endorsement Area: English (Secondary)

Why the Master of Arts in Urban Education Program?

I learn best when I teach. I teach best when I learn. I'm a lifelong learner. It's a fit for my personality, and opportunities for leadership apply directly to my personality.

head shot of Naja Braswell

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Endorsement Area: Elementary Education

Notable Accomplishments: Teach for America-Arkansas Core

Why the Master of Arts in Urban Education Program?

Our educational system is in despair, and it affects those children that are black and brown. These are the children that need teachers the most—and good teachers. The urban education program equips teachers to go into this field of education with another mind set that deals directly with those students in need. This program will help to challenge my colleagues to further develop our definition of culturally competent and responsive teaching to include literacy, language, mathematics, ability, class, and race less abstractly and more practically. When this is done, I have found that our kids will not continue to fall for what's been created for them, and I strongly believe that, given the right access points, they won't have to. This is the vision I have for my students and the classroom and leadership roles I am still trying to develop and create.

head shot of Marcia White

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Endorsement Area: Mathematics 7-12/ ILL-B Beginning Administrator Licensure, State of Tennessee

Notable Accomplishments: Department of Education Common Core Coach and Trainer; Selected for New Leaders for New Schools, Aspiring Principal; State of Tennessee Textbook Review and Selection Committee; Co-Author "How to Pass the Praxis One: The First Time You Take It." (2012) Kendall Hunt Publishing Company; Member-National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Why the Master of Arts in Urban Education Program?

I was impressed by the college’s curriculum and the multiple perspectives to explore urban education, specifically within the Memphis context. My goals are to become a more critical thinker and conscious practitioner who contributes solutions to the challenges faced by urban students, educators, and community members. My goal is to impact policy and practices to advance educational improvement among teachers and students in an urban context.

portrait of William Camp

Hometown: Senatobia, Mississippi

Endorsement Area:MS: Social Studies 7-12 & Spanish K-12

Notable Accomplishments: While working in Salem, MA, at Salem Academy Charter School, I collaborated with Cohen Hillel Academy and facilitated students in a Facing History and Ourselves partnership to record oral histories of immigrants living in the North Shore of Massachusetts and produced an exhibition and book. As a coach of soccer and track, I am proud of all the individual and team accomplishments that my athletes have reached.

Why the Master of Arts in Urban Education Program?

I empathized with the program's vision and mission directed specifically toward social justice in under served public schools.  Taking what I will learn from the program in combination with my diverse educational experiences, I hope to help improve education for all in my chosen home of Memphis, TN as well at the Mid-South.