Matthew started his career as a janitor and eventually became a math and social studies teacher, teacher leader, assistant principal, and principal. His experience taught him the crucial role education plays in many students' lives. Matthew then transitioned to designing and implementing curriculum for educational leaders before becoming the Chief Education Officer of a small district. He has returned to preparing school leaders through his work at the Equity Imperative.
Judy’s heart lies in education, and her dedication to mentoring youth has given her an in-depth understanding of positive school climate, Response to Intervention, Social Emotional Learning, and a formal M.Ed in Youth Development. As the Dean of Student Affairs, Judy led the way in creating a welcoming, safe, and supportive space for students to thrive, providing them with the necessary services to navigate the urban terrain. Judy firmly believes that equity in schools can only be achieved by fostering an environment where all students can succeed.
Edward Morris Jr. is a passionate leader who is dedicated to building capacity in individuals who strive for excellence in changing lives through social enterprise. With experience as a teacher and as a principal developer and coach in Chicago, Ed brings years of insight and influence in education reform to the Equity Imperative. Serving as president of Visionport LLC., Ed is thrilled to team up with the Equity Imperative and their partner organizations to continue pursuing his passion for developing leaders.
Melissa is a passionate and dedicated advocate for children and families! With her BA in Early Childhood Education, she has led numerous community events and programs focused on supporting the youth. Melissa's enthusiasm for serving families led her to explore administrative roles in hospitals and mental health facilities. Now, as part of the team at the Equity Imperative, she brings her expertise to create positive change in the lives of students and families.
Juanita is an experienced educator with over 12 years of experience in various roles within schools. Her passion for creating equitable environments and implementing restorative practices led her to develop innovative systems, including peace rooms and data-driven programs. Juanita's focus on social-emotional learning earned her school an Exemplary Supportive School Certification from Chicago Public Schools. She's now pursuing her Masters in Educational Leadership at Northeastern Illinois University, continuing her mission to create a sense of freedom in education.
In 2020, Joey earned a Bachelors in Digital Media and Design from Southeastern University. With a passion for all things art and design, he brings a sense of fun and excitement to a clean and modern style. When he's not drinking caramel macchiatos, you can find him creating for The Equity Imperative via design, film, and photo.
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