Growing up, my parents never abandoned an opportunity to teach me about different cultures and ideologies, but it was my exploration-focused hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, also known as "Rocket City," that launched my interest in science and engineering.
I entered the Spelman College Class of 2007 as a chemistry major and NASA Women In Science & Engineering Scholarship recipient. This led me to some amazing experiences including three summers of undergraduate research at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a summer abroad in France. After three years, I went on to attend the University of Michigan and to graduate from the Atlanta University Center Dual Degree Engineering Program. I earned both a degree in chemistry and in civil/environmental engineering. After graduation, I joined the Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a civil engineer responsible for environmental restoration, hydrology and construction projects.
As a leader within several nonprofits including NAASC and NSBE, I began to realize my strengths and true passion lied in mentoring and teaching young people. Through tutoring and volunteering as an ACT prep instructor, I began to recognize the lack of college prep and exposure to science and engineering offered in traditional school settings. To help me pursue my passion, I was awarded the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship in 2011 and earned a Master of Arts in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan in 2013.
As a certified STEM teacher, I served as a high school educator in Detroit, implementing Project Lead the Way curricula. In addition to starting my school district's first ever robotics elective, I became the advisor for a Junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and coached an award winning underwater robotics team. Most recently, I joined the District of Columbia Public Schools' Office of College and Career as a Program Specialist to manage STEM programming including Project Lead the Way.