According to many studies in education professionals, Black men only account for two percent of school teachers, which is why Dr. Patrick Waghinton, founding principal at Promise Academy Spring Hill decided to do something about it.
In 2018, the 20-year educator created the Man Up Teacher Fellowship, a mentorship program for up and coming teachers that also provides a $5,000 stipend for up to three years and an opportunity to earn a Master’s of Education at no cost.
“Going into next year over 50 guys will have joined Man Up and they are in schools throughout this city and around this county,” said Washington.
The program accepts high school students, undergraduates, graduates and Black men who are considering a second career in teaching. It aims to:
To increase the number of highly effective male teachers of color in partnering schools by 5 percent over the next five years.
To increase the number of males of color majoring in education at partnering institutions by 5 percent over the next five years.
To decrease the number of disciplinary referrals of male students of color by 5 percent over the next five years.
To improve the academic achievement of male students of color in partnering school districts by 5 percent each academic school year.