An adage I heard once taught me that there are two types of people. One looks out at a barren, desolate terrain and feels despair and hopelessness. The other looks out at that same landscape and sees endless opportunities and possibilities. The former generally makes excuses about what “could have been,” and how they are cursed by bad luck, while the latter works to create a new reality.
By Greg GiornelliPresident, Purpose Built Schools At the tragic cost of many lives, 2020 shined a harsh spotlight on how systemic racism permeates America. Our goal at Purpose Built Schools is to create life-changing opportunities for students and families. We do that by explicitly identifying and dismantling the systems of racism that are barriers to … Continue Reading →
By Jacques Etienne Carver STEAM Academy At age 22, I was handed my birth certificate, social security card and passport and told I had 10 days to leave my home. My nightmare was coming true. My Haitian parents had finally discovered my secret: I am gay. I was no longer welcome. I was being discarded. … Continue Reading →
By Diona Williams PBL Coordinator at Purpose Built Schools Atlanta When COVID-19 arrived in Atlanta last spring, our buildings closed abruptly and virtual school was–unexpectedly and quickly–in session. We made the most of an unprecedented situation. We acted quickly to gather resources with little notice. Educators logged countless hours in front of a webcam to … Continue Reading →
By Diona Williams PBL Coordinator at Purpose Built Schools Atlanta At Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, we define ourselves as a group of individuals who are committed to racial justice and equity. We empower students to become change agents who create positive, long-lasting impact in their communities. We do this through authentic and culturally relevant project-based … Continue Reading →
By Ms. Marie Ojofeitimi English Teacher, Carver STEAM Academy This time last year, I was presented with Carver STEAM’s Teacher of the Year award. The entire Carver family cheered and celebrated my accomplishment as we gathered in our usual meeting space. We laughed, hugged, reflected on the year, but most importantly, we were all together. … Continue Reading →
By Anjanette Farrar, Science Teacher, Price Middle School As a science teacher, I was familiar with ways to incorporate technology into my daily classes at Price Middle School. But when the COVID-19 situation rapidly escalated, causing in-person classrooms to close indefinitely, I had to pull out all my tech skills to help make a smooth … Continue Reading →
By Bethany Thomas, Ed. S.Director of Robotics, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta I choose purpose because T. H. Slater Elementary School has helped me guide my kids on the right path toward educational success. My daughter, a current second grader at Slater, is motivated everyday by her teachers and principal. She meets with the principal for … Continue Reading →