MQTT mission is to teach the value of accountability and responsibility associated with Social Media and Tech. Embracing and accepting the diversity of color and cultures. Helping to amplify the value and importance of diversity in technology.
Driving Your Kids to STEAM, WordCamp and EYH
by William Jackson
Expanding Your Horizons – STEM Workshop for
elementary and middle school girls to begin the
vision for future careers. Girls are beginning to
see themselves as leaders and access to careers
they thought only available to men.
WordCamp conferences have a similar influence
are creating a foundation for learning and engagement.
The growing opportunities to build skill-sets in youth,
teens and young adults especially girls to build a
foundation for their futures.
Using STEAM as a foundation for learning and expanding
the learning to Web Development. Teachers like William
Jackson and Aida Correa are showing a new way to
branch-out in discovery, creativity and innovation
with hands-on learning.
Providing events that girls are celebrated, elevated
and cultivated as the leaders their communities need
to show the value of learning and applying that knowledge
to their lives.
Jacksonville is not a growing hub of technology and
innovation it IS a dynamic community for innovative and
transformative changes in STEAM, STEM and STREAM.
Schools are focusing on new ways to teach students that
have no fear of technology and making decisions about
where their learning takes them.
The push is on to integrate hands-on learning that
focuses on learning that is relevant and of real world
importance so youth, teens and young adults especially
of color see the value of learning in these areas. .
To teach youth, teens and young adults the necessary
skills to be employable, retainable and promotable to
leadership positions because representation does matter.
Children of color need to see professionals of color in
leadership careers not just sports or entertainment.
They will see professionals at the EYH conference to
be held at the University of North Florida
Today youth should be actively engaged and motivated
to learn as much as they can and apply that knowledge
to be influencers. This change can happen when the
traditional instructional models change from educators
being lectures to adapting their instruction to be enablers,
influencers and inspires to facilitate learning as the
students are tasked with solving challenges that require
higher order and critical thinking.
The influences of STEAM can be seen in television
programs that cater to children, youth and kids. From
Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow and other programs
that are based on the foundations of skills, to the
involvement in games like HALO, Fortnight and Minecraft.
Science Technology Engineering Arts Math / Music /
Mechanics are providing new learning adventures for
children of color and culture that are behind in engagement
to their white counterparts that are involved and excelling
participating in activities in school and with clubs.
Events like WordCamp Jacksonville, Expanding Your Horizons
STEM Workshop held at University of North Florida and even
with Edward Waters College and the Black Male Explorers
Program headed by the new Director, Victor Christin, Jr..
There are opportunities growing for youth, teens and young
adults to be engaged: The National Council of Negro Women
and their coming programs with Coding lead by Monica Timmons
and the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville with dynamic programs
as well across Jacksonville to promote coding, robotics and tech.
Parents “drive your kids to STEAM” is not just a moment, nor
is it a movement, but a reality to prepare youth, teens and
young adults for careers not even created yet. Parents must
prepare their children now to be educated, employable,
sustainable and scalable to flow with the changing directions
happening with technology, creativity, innovation and web
Parents get your children involved early so they can develop
excitement to learn and be life-long learners. Expose them to
networking skills and business skills so they can grow into
entrepreneurs and be able to talk the talk of business and walk
the walk of business owners.
The future is here with technology, it is not in the future,
but present. Prepare children to employable, scalable leaders
and influencers from attending conferences, workshops and
The blog can be read by Alexa and Google
To access with Alexa
“Alexa Begin My Quest To Teach” or “Alexa Launch My Quest to Teach”
“Hey Google, Talk to My Quest To Teach” or
“Hey Google, ask My Quest To Teach to play latest blog post”
The African Silver Surfer Over 50 Bloggers
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Sponsor of WordCamp Entebbe, Uganda,
WordCamp Lagos, Nigeria
The Silver Surfers of the digital age are growing at a tremendous rate
in Africa. Africans over 50 years of age are creating Facebook profiles,
they are Micro-blogging on Twitter, Instagramming their photos, creating
YouTube channels and just a little bit of SnapChat.
Silver Surfers are online actively engaged across the blogosphere sharing their experiences, knowledge, stories, wisdom and even humor.
They are talking about their lives in the present and the past, they are
talking about sex, relationships, gout, childcare as grandparents and
even taking care of their adult children as these children deal with
unemployment and social challenges that have economic challenges
and the political situations in their nations.
Technology is providing a new ability and platform to voice their
ideas, opinions and they are growing in influence.
African Bloggers over 50 are talking about politics, economics and
starting businesses. They are into cell phone usage that is transforming
the face of Social Media on the continent of Africa.
Digital communication is the way they stay connected to the world
and with family and friends. The Internet contains continuous developing
platforms for those 50 years and older to digitally travel locally,
nationally and internationally.
The challenges of obtaining a Passport can be overcome by hopping
on the Internet to visit local, national and international sites. Travel
is free, in the comfort of a residence and portable when done on
cell phones and tablets.
Silvers in Africa are learning that in order to stay connected to their
grandchildren they need to learn now to connect with them to see
what their children’s children are up to online. Using Apps are the
tools of choice to interact and be engaging.
Celebrating cultural events, special occasions, community events
and even attending political rallies can be done online and the ability
to contribute to the discussions to share ideas and opinions to a large
mass of people.
Chinua Achebe once said about writing, my weapon for change is
literature. Africans have a weapon that is magnified by the reach
Social Media has and Technology provides.
Using applications that allow Face to Face communication, video
recording, and audio Chat helps in keeping connected and aware
as each generation gets older and older. Age does not stop discovery,
creativity, exploration and being curious. Age embraces the quest
of more knowledge and this keeps the brain youthful, creative and
When cars are connected with Wifi, restaurants have free access and
even connectivity is available in bathrooms being connected is not a
challenge. Silver Surfers in Africa are asking several questions when
they go traveling; Where are the restrooms and what is the Wifi code?
Silver Surfers are building their own networks that create growing
communities and societies that are digital. Learning the acronyms
of PLC Professional Learning Communities and building PLN
Professional Learning Networks. African over 50 are becoming
activists in their nations, sharing their opinions passions and
encouraging change. I think knowing one’s history leads one to
act in a more enlightened fashion. I cannot imagine how knowing
one’s history would not urge one to be an activist.
John Hope Franklin has stated.
Activism begins with a passion for change, seeing a wrong that
needs to be corrected and inspiring people.
William Jackson 57 and Aida Correa 51 speak at conferences at
WordCamp internationally in Central America and Canada. Being
past the half century mark is not a deterrent to learning and growth.
Sharing content, wisdom and experiences to younger
The increased presence of Silver Surfers that are Bloggers,
PodCasters, Instagrammers, VBloggers, MicroBloggers and the
diversity of content creators is represented by those that are
50 years and over seen at WordCamp and other technology
The dictionary defines Silver Surfers as a noun, an elderly person
who is a regular or enthusiastic Internet user. The word elderly
will be argued because those Silvers are determined in their quest
to show seniors are growing influencers. William and Aida are
Bloggers and Content Creators, showing that their knowledge
does make a difference in their communities.
The dynamics are changing with dictionaries defining the Silver
Surfers influence in an age of digital transformation and growth.
As seniors enter into the Silver years of their lives they are a
wealth of knowledge, wisdom and resources that are untapped
for younger generations.
The Internet and associated tools helps to connect families with
Silver parents, grandparents and other family members. Keeping
hearts and minds active, engaged and youthful. When the mind is
youthful the spirit and body follow, even if joints are touched
The integration of smart, intelligent, intuitive, comprehensive and
AI elements benefits Silvers using technology.
Youth, teens, young adults and Silver Surfers are starting a new
era in collaboration and connections with tech as the bridge
between generations and diversity is crossed.
Age was respected among his people, but achievement was
revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could
eat with kings as stated by Chinua Achebe in his book Things Fall Apart.
Children of Color Need to Attend Kids Camp Conferences
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
KidsCamp Jacksonville 2019
KidsCamp Orlando 2019
KidsCamp Miami 2019 https://2019.miami.wordcamp.org/kids/
Developing STEAM Initiatives and Integrating with Web Development.
The rapid growth of WordCamp conferences and the integration of
Kids Camp conferences being made available for youth, teens and
young adults of color need to be involved in new areas.
Educators like William Jackson and Aida Correa are
developing independent curriculum’s that are fun,
engaged, exciting and inclusive to the needs of
children of color. They (both are people of color)
understand that children of color need to see
representation that looks like them, allows for growth
and awareness in technology careers.
The implementation of STEAM, STEM, STREAM and CSTREAM
engagement allows for the building of critical and higher
order thinking that children of color have naturally,
but do not understand how to apply and build on their brilliance.
STEM camps, STEAM camps and Kids Camp are happening across
the nation and globally. Kids, youth, teens and young adults
are demanding to be included in the opportunities that WordCamp
conferences present. Kids Camp conferences are not only happening
in the United States, they are in San Jose, Costa Rica and
Nicaragua in Central America. William and Aida have assisted with
the Kids Camp in 2018 and with the Kids Camp in Calgary, Alberta
Canada as well in 2018.
Their participation is expected in 2019 and beyond to help
bring diversity in learning, engagement, fun and teaching skills
that are required in business, commerce and global enterprises.
Bursting at the doors kids are wanting to learn to code, and
develop web sites. Kids want to learn how to be entrepreneurs
and business owners.
Kids love technology and what the potential is for new business
ideas not just playing sports and entertainment. The future of
tech is in the youth, teens and young adults that are learning
in schools that have programs where learning can gain high salary
careers, in order to “qualify” there needs to be the right
education and mentor-ships.
Education is not the only option, networking, collaboration,
partnerships are valuable. Learning skills that are part of the
business process and learning the language(s) to talk the talk
and walk the walk.
Children of color must be able to engage in conferences
where their minds are broadened, their skills are
improved and sharpened and their fear of what is new is overcome.
Exposure is valuable and representation is key to motivating
beyond their present positions in life. Parents of color must
allow their children to participate in conferences to build
skills for future employment chances and changes.
Sports and entertainment come with inherent risks, but education
is only risky when it is discounted, rejected and laughed at.
The color of skin at a Kids Camp conference does not matter
because the instructors are of color and represent the kids
William Jackson (African American) and Aida Correa
(Latina – Puerto Rican) create an environment of innovation,
creativity and discovery. All that is required is excitement,
a love for learning and creativity by the kids.
Children of color need to learn how to network, collaborate,
cooperate and work with the diversity the world has to offer.
Tech provides building a world of discovery and innovation,
and working together to accomplish goals and building future
dreams in careers, business and as entrepreneurs.
Children are learning about WordPress development,
web design, coding, java script, Podcasting, Vblogging,
Microblogging and other related skills. Kids will walk
away from Kids Camp with their very own WordPress.com
website. How cool is that!!!
Parents must prepare their children to move beyond manual
labor jobs and into new levels of thought leadership career
paths that create leadership opportunities, management
opportunities, financial stability and the opportunity
to travel the world.
One of the challenges for many children of color is that
too many do not get out of their neighborhoods to
explore the world around them. They seem to be stuck with
no exposure to the future and this creates “dream deserts”
where children of color don’t dream.
Kids Camps provide a vision and purpose for dreams. The
excitement of new thinking, fantastic dreams of growth
and change. The dopeness of the future as a
leader, creator and innovator.
The scariest thing for children is to state they have no
dreams, no aspirations and no goals beyond just living and
surviving. This must never be allowed to happen again !!!
Technology is helping humans to solve many of life’s
challenges. Children of color need to be part of the
solutions to solve human challenges, threats, complex
environmental changes and create generational growth.
Embracing intellectualism, being a thought leader, gifted,
talented, creative and innovative should be celebrated as a
child of color and culture.
Start by attending WordCamp and Kids Camp conferences and
other areas involving STEM and STEAM, the future is bright!!
This site will host my Curriculum Vitae or (CV) with information
about my personal and professional background.
I’m an educator of over 30 years and enjoy the opportunity to
help and mentor kids of all ages and cultures.
I’m a WordCamp speaker, sponsor, promoter, advocate,
volunteer, organizer and blogger and teacher with KidsCamp.
I have been blessed to participate in WordCamp conferences
since 2012 with my first one being WordCamp Orlando.
I’m a graduate of South Carolina State University and
Masters: M.Ed. (M.A.T 2004) – Educational Technology and STEAM
Webster University – Jacksonville, Florida Bachelors: B.S. (1985) – Education
South Carolina State University – Orangeburg, S.C. High School: Camden High School – Camden, New Jersey
College Prep Curriculum
High School Diploma (1980) – College Prep
Additional Education Opportunities:
*University of Central Florida 1996 / 1997 / 2005
Courses: Social Media and the Integration of Technology *University of South Florida 2004 / 2005
Courses: Using and Understanding Social Media *University of Florida 2005
Course: International Studies on Africa
30+ years educational professional in public and higher education
Duval County Public Schools – Professional Educator
Position(s): Physical Education and STEM / STEAM Educator
School Technology Contact – CET Trained Mentor
Adjunct Professor: Edward Waters College 2004 – 2017
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEM
Creator of “Tiger Talks Experience” Modeling TEDX and
Engaging students to speak about areas of passion,
power and purpose. Working to improve the articulation and
oratory skills of students through Blogging, Vblogging,
and oratory execution. Integration of project based
learning with diverse levels of technology usage and application.
Edward Waters College – Black Male Explorers Summer Program
2013 – 2016
Assisting with instruction with youth from middle school to high school
in the area of STEAM and technology instruction.
Edward Waters College – 1995 – 1997 Technology Integration and Education Summer program with partnership with Edward Waters College
Professional Develop with Edward Waters College to teach
teachers how to integrate low level technology into the
Teaching Educational Technology Edu Tech 250
Develop student’s instructional teaching abilities
using technology to meet and exceed the learning
modalities of students. Prepare education students to use
technology in the classroom environment to facilitate learning.
Require students to blog, micro-blog and conduct research
projects based in STEM and STEAM
Online Media / Social Media Visionary of My Quest To Teach Social Media and Digital Visionary Consultant business created to
blog about the application, responsibility and accountability of
Social Media for personal and business usage.
Sharing my journey as a traveling Blogger, Advocate, Content Creator,
Sponsor and Vblogger.
Advocating for People of Color in digital content creation. Support for
youth, teens and young adults focusing in STEAM education and hands-on learning.
Social Media Manager and Facilitator:
MetroTown and MetroTown In A Day with One Jax –
Leadership and Engagement Interactive and engaged program dedicated to
teaching diversity, leadership skills, and personal self-esteem
to high school students. Empowering teens with advanced
social skills and leadership strategies. #MetroTown #OneJax
TEDxFSCJ Social Media Team Community Liaison with Florida State College of Jacksonville
promoting TEDx events and salons associated with Florida State
College of Jacksonville.
Using Social Media platforms to promote upcoming events and
presentations to the local communities and media sources.
Florida State College of Jacksonville, Florida http://tedxfscj.com
Accomplishments with NASA Invited by NASA to blog on launching of several space launches
of satellites and space missions. 2014 to 2016 Kennedy Space
Center Collaboration Advocate of community engagement
and global communication with Social Media. Instructional Supervisor: NASA 1994 – 1996 1998 – 1999
Educating teachers to use technology in the classroom using
either low tech or high tech applications and equipment.
Project based learning for educators in how to integrate technology
in the classroom. Using differentiated instruction, hands-on projects,
web based instruction, project based instruction and learning.
Students are actively engaged and participating in the teaching and
Past Social Media and Web Manager for Jacksonville Sister Cities Maintained the Social Media platforms and updating membership
information pertaining to active membership participation.
Managed collaborations with Nelson Mandela Bay and Nelson
Mandela Youth Ambassadors. http://jsca.org #jsca #jscajax
Radio Engagement: 2014 and 2016
AM1360 WCGL Jax Engage with Angela Spears.
Focusing on technology, the Internet and social
media use, accountability and responsibility.
Social Media Team for New Town Success Zone and
Vision Keepers 2017 -2018 Sharing community events that are supported by
Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone in the
city of Jacksonville, Florida
Providing blogs that share community information and
STEM / STEAM /STREAM / CSTEAM Education
Engineering / Technology Teacher
School Technology Coordinator
Duval County Public Schools: Technology Coordinator
Duties and Responsibilities:
Technology based instruction, support staff professional
development in technology applications, manage online
assessments, maintain and repair hardware.
Provide school and community training.
Community Instructional Roles:
*How To Be Dope on Social Media Teaching the importance of planning strategically how to
incorporate Social Media in small and medium businesses.
The value of perceptions and how to increase engagement
on a digital platform with SEO – Search Engine Optimization.
Understanding and manipulating SOLOMOCO Social engagement Local activism Mobile technologies Community activism. *Social Justice Multiple panel discussions related to social justice issues,
how to communicate with law enforcement, and
*Social Media and You!!!!
Orange County Public Library Workshop
Seminal County Public Libraries Conducted workshops about Social Media and the
building of Brand recognition and visibility
*Jewish Community Alliance Providing Social Media / STEM /STEAM workshops
for JCA in Middle Schools in Jacksonville, Florida *Family Support Services – Foster Care Services Providing Social Media / STEM /STEAM workshops
for FSS in Jacksonville, Florida for youth and teens in the
foster care and family support services in Jacksonville, Florida
Presenter / Speaker at ASLAH – Jacksonville, Florida
Technology and the teaching of Black History
Using STEAM and STEM Initiatives
* Preventing Crime in the Black Community – Speaker Working with the Florida State Attorney’s Office
2014, 2015 and 2016 – 2018 speaking in Jacksonville,
Orlando and Miami, Florida Focus is on preventing Sexting,
Cyberbullying, Cyberstalking and Social Media Safety *Man Up for Health – Health Summit for Men and Boys – Speaker
2015 – 2016 – 2017 – 2018 Healthy Jacksonville Men’s Health Coalition, Inc.
More Than a Hash Tag – Social Media and its influence.
*Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida 2015, 2016 Providing Social Media, Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention
workshops. Keystone Leadership Conferences *The Jacksonville Urban League NULITES 2015 to 2017 Young professionals group with the Urban League
focusing on leadership. How to integrate technology for
business, education and entrepreneurial growth.
1. How to navigate Social Media and Careers
2. How Social Media influences young entreprenualism
3. What you don’t know about SM can hurt your reputation
and career options.
* The Bridge at Northeast Florida 2015 to 2017 Providing workshops on being responsible online, preventing
Sexting, Bullying, Cyberbullying. *Abyssinia Baptist Church “Youth and Social Media” 2017 Speaking to youth, teens and young adults about safety,
responsibility and accountability online. *State of Emergency – Town Hall 2016
Meeting discussing education, technology, politics and
the School to Prison pipeline.
*Boys and Girls Club Keystone Leadership Conference
World Golf Village 2016
Speaking to youth about Social Media Safety, Cyberbullying,
Sexting *Community Education – Paxon High School 2011/2013
Technology Instructor for evening community education classes.
Teaching productivity tools in certified educational curriculum. *Mayor Alvin Brown’s Learn2Earn Experience 4 years Lecture and panel discussion on higher education, technology and
Speaking on safety and content creation on Social Media Platforms.
*Selected as a speaker for WordCamp DC and WordCamp Jacksonville
Presentation focusing on the diversity of Social Media, blogging and
content creation. * The Bridge of Northeast Florida
Discussion on the dangers of connected kids, the struggles of families
staying connected with so much technology. *Mental Health for America Mentoring program with Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida
Mentoring boys on self-esteem, preventing bullying and importance of
education and community service. *Speaker at Mayor Alvin Brown’s Business Expo
Presentation on the influence and power of Social Media.
Using it be a community activist and support activism in the community.
Kids Camp and Youth Camp Teacher and advocate for KidsCamp Orlando, KidsCamp Jacksonville, KidsCamp Miami. Volunteer for KidsCamp San Jose, KidsCamp YYC
Sponsor for KidsCamp Harare in Zimbabwe
Sponsor for KidsCamp PortHarcourt
*Invited to speak in 2017 at: WordCamp Washington D.C. – WordCamp Toronto Canada
WordCamp Pittsburgh, PA – WordCamp Wilmington North Carolina *Posting Social Media content for WordCamp Philadelphia
WordCamp Philly 2017 *WordCamp Jacksonville 2017 Presentation on “How to be Dope and Lit on Social Media”
the ability to properly Brand, Market and promote digital
content across generational and social lines.
*WordCamp Washington DC 2017
Presentation on “How to be Dope and Lit on Social Media”
the ability to properly Brand, Market and promote digital
content across generational and social lines. How to build a
community based Social Media platform to address community
issues. *WordCamp Wilmington, N.C. 2017 How to be Dope on Social Media
Presenting the importance of managing your Brand and
creating / following a Niche. Being aware of the
perceptions of others related to business and Social Media
content. *WordCamp Philly 2017 To support their Social Media outreach through posting content
and video. *WordCamp Birmingham Alabama 2017
To Live blog and support the message of WordCamp
*Attended WordCamp Orlando 2015, 2016, 2017 Participated in WordCamp Orlando for several years, sharing
content online and taking students from my Educational Technology
and Social Media class.
*Sponsoring Teachers at WordCamp Niarobi, Kenya – Africa Providing African teachers opportunities to attend and participate
in technology and educational learning.
WordCamp Speaking and Volunteering 2019 WordCamp Miami, Florida 2019
KidsCamp Organizer and Teacher
EdCamp Speaking Opportunities
*EdCamp Tampa Bay 2017 Supporting the professional growth with educators
in a networking rich and professional setting. *EdCamp Leadership Baker/Columbia Counties 2017 Speaking about the leadership roles of students to collaborate
the integration of technology and student learning. *EdCamp Magic Orlando, Florida 2016 Speaking to audience of multi-generational educators about
diversity in the classroom, integrating of diverse technologies
in the classroom. *EdCamp St. Augustine Palencia Elementary 2016 Attending and speaking to educators about the integration of
technology to meet the diverse needs of students. *EdCamp NABSE – National Association of Black School Educators Attending and speaking about the importance of diversity
in education and the roles of educators of color. How African
American educators serve a role as qualified and capable
educators locally in their school districts and nationally.
Orlando Technology Week *Bar Camp Selected Speaker 2015 – 2016
How to be Dope on Social Media and Build Your Brand
Readers Theater Performances
*Readers Theater – The Writings of Stetson Kennedy Through the directions of Tangela Floyd in theatrical reading
and acting. The re-enactment of the writings of Stetson Kennedy
and the Black Super Heroes. 2015 to 2017
*Summer PSTEAhM Camp – Jacksonville, Florida
Provided STEM – STEAM instruction with students
from elementary to high school. Integrating field trips
with engineering, hands-on learning and field trip
Addition Leadership/Teaching Positions
*Past Adjunct Professorships:
St. Johns River Community College (1996-1998)
Teaching basic technology usage
Delivering technology classes at Edward Waters College
through NASA for novice teachers.
Florida State College Jacksonville (2007 to 2009)
Adjunct teaching Diversity in the classroom for new
teachers and Educational Technology. How to apply
technology into the diverse classrooms.
*Continuation of Edward Waters College Jacksonville, Florida 1999 to Current Professor – NASA Teacher Re-certification program
Educational Technology (Education Department) 2004 to 2007
Design and implement Educational Technology Learning Program (ETLP)
for the Education Department to prepare future teachers to use technology
in the classroom for instructional purposes.
Virtual Learning Lab Instructor – 2005 – 2006 (grant position)
Technology instruction for seniors citizens (55 and up).
Schell-Sweet Community Center – Technology Lab TestGear
Online Learning Network
Faith Based Support with online instruction for preparation for state assessment (FCAT)
*National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – EWC Technology Instructor – Modeled instruction on the implementation of technology into the learning environment using productivity tools.
Designed an instructional program in cooperation with NASA and
Edward Waters College for technology teacher certification program. National Aeronautical and Space Administration
*FIRN-TEC – Florida Department of Education 1997 – 2000
St. Johns County, Florida / Tallahassee, Florida
Florida Instructional Resource Network -Technical Education Consultant
Conduct technology training for Northeast Florida in the counties of:
Duval – Nassau – Flagler – St. Johns – Volusia
Incorporate “Train the Trainer” program where a Core person is trained using
Internet and related academic technology applications to disseminate information to their respective schools and throughout the county. Conduct monthly update meetings; coordinate with teachers on the design of school/classroom web sites, email accounts and instructional resources
for classroom use and the implementation of technology into classroom curriculum. Summer Institute – University of Florida Summer 2009 K-12 Teacher’s Summer Institute On Africa
June 10-19th, 2009
Hosted by the Center for African Studies University of Florida
The Center for African Studies at the University of Florida
a two-week summer institute for K-12 teachers.
The objective of the institute is for participants to increase their knowledge about Africa, including its geography, history, and culture.
*Technology Reboot Workshop
Shultz Center Technology Training Workshop addressed software, applications, apps when developing
Blogs, Podcasts, Data Warehousing and Photo storage and manipulation.
Workshop taught basics, intermediate and advanced Blogging using
text, audio and video techniques. *Mental Health of America and Boys and Girls
Club of America Working with Dr. Laura Lane and in collaboration
with educators and professionals to provide bullying
prevention workshop for girls and boys. 8 week
sessions to include self-esteem, self-respect and
engagement about careers and personal
responsibility for success.
*Forum and discussion participant
Real Talk Real Change Series of Forums
Dialogue on racism, colorism, White privilege, bias and prejudices in our culture.
What About Teen Mothers – Absent Fathers – What is Jacksonville Saying *Human Rights Commission – Study Circles
Participant in Jacksonville Human Rights Commission City of Jacksonville Florida
*Prevention of Bullying
Boys and Girls Club of Jacksonville 2017 Bullying prevention and social responsibility. Building
self-confidence and learning about making positive
*Keepin It Real; Girls and Women Conference 2016 Presenting Bullying and Cyberbullying to girls and women from
Journey Into Womanhood organization *Tony Boselli Foundation “Bully Talk” 2015 Speaking to youth and teens about the causes, consequences and
ramifications of bullying. How it affects kids mentally and emotionally. *TESOL Conference – Orlando, Florida The integration of language in Social Media and STEM.
How to guide instruction and learning with diverse language
issues. Educational Philosophy: Learning requires the engagement of a person’s total senses,
from direct interaction with the environment, listening, watching,
and receiving a blessing of knowledge that comes directly from
the source of interacting with those who have more seasoned wisdom.
Philosophy of Teaching: I believe that all people no matter cultural background or gender have
the capability to learn, mature and grow cognitively and socially;
My goal is to prepare my students for the working environment by
teaching them how to be creative and productive with the use of
technology, using technology tools ethically. There is a need for
today’s students to be guided in the direction that best suits their
individual learning styles. Learning never stops and those seeking
education must be taught that their learning is continuous
throughout their lives regardless of age.
Literary Submissions Online and Traditional: Submissions addressing education, technology, diversity and parental
relationships. These are just a few and they have changed with
audience and platform.
Submissions to local and state wide newspapers and magazines.
Florida Times Union – Jacksonville.com – Jacksonville Free Press
The Florida Star – Palatka Daily News – Onyx Magazine
Black Pages – Florida Courier – Jacksonville Advocate
Folio Weekly – Seeinggrowth.com
Blackrefer.com, Blackfathers.org, Blackblogger.com,
First Coast News – Black Refer.com, Blogger for E3 Business Group. Inc.
Nokturnal Escape, Black Blogger Network, HBCU Lifestyle,
Black Blogger Connect, Forbes Online –
Featured on Tom Joyner Morning Show and Black America Web
International Blogging * WeBlogforLove – South Africa
* Huffington Post South Africa
* The African Dream
Host Blog Talk Radio – Commentary – Jan 2009 to October 2009 Addressing issues dealing with technology, social networking
“Co-host on Courageous Conversations Ask A Teacher”
Past Board Positions: Jacksonville Sister Cities – Manager of Social Media Platforms
Empowerment Resources – Manager for Social Media Platforms
JCCI Forward – Marketing and Publicity
E3 Business Group North Florida Advocate
Boys2Men Symposium Committee – Marketing
Impact Jacksonville Education Committee
Suicide Prevention Coalition of Jacksonville, Florida National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
Jacksonville Diversity Network
Professional Associations / Memberships:
National Education Association
American Federation of Teachers
Duval County Teachers Union Past
Kuumba African American Cultural Arts Committee
NABS – National Association of Black SCUBA Divers
NAUI-National Association of Underwater Instructors
NASE-National Association of SCUBA Educators
The Wakaguzi Forum (Critical Thinkers – Kiswahili) – EWC
Black Talk Radio and Black Teen Empowerment
National Association of Black Journalists
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Conference Presentations: Conducted presentations at various educational/cultural and
community conferences from 1998 to Present.
*. FETC – Florida Educational Technology –
Conference Orlando, Fl – 1998 – 2000
Presenter and facilitator
*. FAME – Florida Association of Media Educators –
Daytona Beach, Fl – 1998 – 2000
Presenter and facilitator
*. Kuumba African Cultural Arts and Music Fest –
Jacksonville, Fl – 1999 – 2006
Multicultural festival promoting African American Pride.
Presenter and Webmaster
*. Kwanzaa Festival – Celebrating the richness of Kwanzaa –
Jacksonville, Fl – 2005
Presenter and facilitator
*. Albany State University (Albany Ga.) Technology Conference –
Albany, Ga. – 2002 Presenter
*. The Wakaguzi Forum – Edward Waters College –
Jacksonville, Fl – 2005 to present
Intellectual Think Tank – Presides
*. Florida Courier/Daytona Times Talk Show – 2005 – 2006
Discussion on state educational issues
*. Black Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs Conference –
Savannah, Ga. 2006
Presenter – Technology in the Business Environment
*. First Family Preservation Conference. –
Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida – 2006 Presenter
*. Black Expo “Black Out” – Daytona Beach, Florida – 2006 Presenter
*.National Association for College Admission Counseling Jacksonville, Florida 2006
Presented workshops on technology and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
*.Minorities in Teaching Conference – Orlando, Florida – 2006
“Proposal: Digital Tools for the Success of Minority Children”
*. Florida Black Business Expo – August 2007
Orlando, Florida – Speaker – “Integrating Technology in the Business Environment”
*.Florida Black Business Expo – October 2008
Boys and Girls Club of America – Keystone Leadership Conf.
*. Sunshine State TESOL Conference, Jacksonville, Florida http://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/esol-tesol-sstesol/
*. Gen.y Pace with Blue Cross and Blue Shield
The Truth of “Nancy and Teddy” Health Summit
Internet Safety, Social Media and Social Network Safety.