Black Teachers Matter: Naughty’a Gray

Why did you choose teaching?
I have always loved teaching.  Teaching is my passion and my mission. I remember my first teaching moment.  As a kindergartner, I was asked what I want to be when I grow up, and I said “a teacher”.  I drew a picture of myself as a teacher.  I have a natural talent for teaching.  

Does representation matter in the classroom? Why or why not?  
Yes. Representation matters in my classroom.  Children learn and internalize what they see.  Positive role models of different races, ethnicities, and genders is important to a child’s self esteem and self-efficacy. We tend to become what we see, so why not show children that there is no limit to what you can become.  

Can you name another educator, who had an impact on you as a teacher?
There are so many educators that have impacted my journey as an educator.  I have taken pieces from all of them to use as my muse.  I really can’t name one because I follow in the footsteps of phenomenal teachers, whom I look up to.  My list might be 50 -100 teachers long. 

What is your vision of a leader? 
My vision of a leader is to allow myself to be a worthy example of a servant.  I believe that in order to lead, you must first serve. I want anyone that follows me to understand the importance of serving others.

What are your current goals? Personal or professional?
My short term goal is to obtain my Masters Degree in Teaching and Leadership.  Become a certified teacher.  Short term/Long term open multiple child care facilities to serve and provide affordable and quality child care and education. My personal goal is to be a good role model for my daughter’s and fulfill the mission that God has for my life.

What is the hardest and best part of teaching?
The hardest part of teaching is the exhaustion and fatigue. Teachers wear so many hats throughout the day and we are rarely thanked or recognized for all that we do. The best part is seeing a child grow and learn.  No better feeling than to see your little seed blossom into a flower.

How do you stay motivated?
I pray to God for strength and stay focused on my goals and family

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
Always be willing to learn.  Life-long learner’s live longer. Treat yourself well and treat others the way you want to be treated.  Never, ever give up.  

2 thoughts on “Black Teachers Matter: Naughty’a Gray

  1. Kim Underwood June 2, 2020 — 1:03 pm

    You are an AMAZING Teacher and person.
    Thank you for all that you do!!
    You have made a difference in so many lives.


    1. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.


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