Black Teachers Matter: Rashedda Carroll

Why did you choose teaching?
Teaching was always at the forefront of my career decision. Although I went to college and studied communications, I was drawn to teaching to give back to the community. I’ve always had a love for children, and it was my desire to help them learn to be productive and educated citizens.

Does representation matter in the classroom? Why or why not?
As an educator and leader in the classroom, it is of the utmost importance to model excellence at all times. From what I wear to how I speak is imperative to the way scholars connect and take learning seriously.

Can you name another educator, who had an impact on you as a teacher?
My aunt, the late Cora Drumgo, was an educator with St. Mary’s County Schools. Every summer visit, she made it a point to tutor me in whatever I needed assistance in at the moment. Her patience and wealth of knowledge inspired me to want to pursue teaching.

What is your vision of a leader?
My vision of a leader is someone who leads by example. Never telling others to do something they’re not willing to do themselves.

What are your current goals? Personal or professional?
My current goals are to continue my work as an educator and entrepreneur. I want to be financially free to continue my work in the community in a different capacity. I desire to open my own learning center and hire highly qualified educators to tutor and support struggling readers.

How do you stay motivated?
I remain motivated by remembering my ‘why’ for becoming an educator. It’s not about the state mandates or district measures of what makes a qualified educator, but it is the desire to want to help young people soar and follow their dreams.

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
Some wisdom I’d pass down to my students would be to work hard to build your own dreams so that you don’t have to live your life helping someone else live theirs.

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