Hear from Dwight Sharpe about the leadership opportunities and focus on equity at Middletown Public Schools.
The best thing about teaching in Middletown is I’ve been able to be myself and that has allowed me to be the best teacher possible. Middletown is a district that values the unique qualities and perspectives of it’s teachers, which in turn allows us to do the same for our students. I’ve had the pleasure of working with great insightful teachers and administrators. I’ve been given opportunities to foster and improve my leadership skills, culminating in my current role as District Equity and Restorative Practice Facilitator. Middletown wants to lead the way in educational innovation and equity.
I teach because I understand how powerful education is for a person’s success. The knowledge that I’ve acquired from the many types of teachers throughout my life has inspired me to continue learning beyond formal education. As a teacher, I’ve thrived to instill this same passion for learning in my students. I’ve always wanted my students to recognize that everyone can reach their own self-defined form of success, and anyone can learn from anyone.
I also became an educator because it was very obvious that the teaching field was missing people of color. In my K-12 school years, I only had one black teacher. As a black male educator, I knew that I would be able to provide a much needed form of representation for the students in my classes, especially my students of color. There is no better feeling to me than the feeling of knowing that I’ve helped someone, and teaching provides me the opportunity to help so many people year after year.
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