Being A Black Male Teacher in AMERICA - Episode 8

Mastery For All with Mr. James O'Neal

07-02-2022 • 24 mins

Black male teachers make up 2% of the teaching population. It is imperative that we have more representation in this area!  I have been teaching for fourteen years and the lens that I have in education is unlike any other. Our perspectives matter.  Our presence matters. We matter!

My entrance into a classroom is a statement that we belong here.  Throughout my time in the classroom, I have learned that my presence puts other black and brown students at ease. I have been the only Black male teacher in one district in Pennsylvania and the only Black teacher in another district as well. It has not been easy, yet I take great pride in who I am and who I represent.

This podcast today is just a peep into my journey.  I believe that it may offer some insight to what some of us face as the small minority in education.  I also understand what we signed up for when we step into the classroom. I can emphatically say to every Black male teacher listening that you did sign up to be a father, mentor, expert, disciplinarian, confidant, big brother, and excellent teacher! It's  a heavy load, but you can bear it with the help of those you surround yourself with and much prayer 😄.

Thank you for listening!

For booking and other inquiries please email me at info@mrjamesoneal.com.  To find other videos and more inspiration check out my website at www.mrjamesoneal.com.

Feel free to connect with me on any of the social media platforms:
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I look forward in helping your students, teachers, parents, and any educational stakeholder reach mastery. #MasteryForAll

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