Akisha R. Jones

Akisha R. Jones, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor at the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy at the University of Delaware. Follow her on Twitter at @AkishaRJones.

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Build Relationships to Create Equity for Minority Students

Posted by Akisha R. Jones on August 21, 2017

Growing up, my favorite teacher, by far, was Mr. Collins, my AP calculus teacher at Huron High School. The class was tough — more than I thought I could handle. But Mr. Collins never let me fail. He made sure I was present and engaged, stayed with me after class when I needed extra help, and gave me rides home when necessary. I could laugh with Mr. Collins and I could cry with him. He was even in communication with my mother about my progress. Mr. Collins set high expectations for my success, and in the end, I passed the class — and the AP exam.

I was one of a handful of black students in the classroom, and Mr. Collins was white.

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