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Celebrating our Staff for Black History Month

dmName: Deshandra Mitchell

Position: Teacher Assistant, WECC

How long have you worked for Windham Public Schools? 20 years

What are you most proud of?  The love that my family has for each other.

Is there a well-known or historical person that has inspired you? Rosa Parks has inspired me to never stand down and to rise to the occasion.  I am also inspired to be a voice like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X.

Who in your family is your role model? My Gramma Ruby who passed away December 18, 2017.

This year’s Black History Month theme is the Black Family. Are there any special family memories or traditions that you would be willing to share with us? During Holidays we all get together and cook as a family, and we season to taste because it comes naturally.

 

dcName: Dimiri Chatterton

Position: Family Advocate, WECC

How long have you worked for Windham Public Schools? 11 years

Is there a well-known or historical person that has inspired you?  Barack Obama

Who in your family is your role model? My son.

This year’s Black History Month theme is the Black Family. Are there any special family memories or traditions that you would be willing to share with us? My co-workers are my friends. We make beautiful memories and are family.

 

 

gbName: Glenda Borgos

Position: Family Advocate, WECC

How long have you worked for Windham Public Schools? 14 years

What are you most proud of?  My culture.

Is there a well-known or historical person that has inspired you? Jennifer Lopez.

Who in your family is your role model? My sister.

This year’s Black History Month theme is the Black Family. Are there any special family memories or traditions that you would be willing to share with us? Family summer reunions hold a special place in my heart.

 

hpName: Heather Perry

Position: Fourth Grade Teacher, C. H. Barrows STEM Academy

How long have you worked for Windham Public Schools? 2 years

What are you the most proud of? I was the first person in both my immediate and extended family to graduate with a Master’s Degree.

Is there a well-known or historical person who inspired you? Ruby Bridges, because she continued to stay strong and go to school every day. Growing up, there were many times where I was the only black student in the class.

Who in your family is your role model? My older sister. She was the first one in the family to go to a university.

This year’s Black History Month theme is the Black Family. Are there any special family memories or traditions that you would be willing to share with us? My parents always said, "Try your best!" Those words helped me to get through college and I will pass that down to my students.

Is there anything else that you want to add? I want to say thank you to Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy for giving me to opportunity to teach our future leaders!

 

jnName: Juan Negrón

Position: Maestro de estudios sociales en español y artes de lenguaje en español, Compañeros en la Escueal Intermedia de Windham. Social Studies Teacher in Spanish and Spanish Language Arts teacher in Compañeros at Windham Middle School.

How long have you worked for Windham Public Schools?  4 ½ años (years)

What are you most proud of?  Me enorgullece saber que tenemos muy buenos estudiantes en Compañeros, con padres comprometidos en el aprendizaje de sus hijos. I am proud of knowing that there are good students in Compañeros, with parents who are dedicated to their children’s learning.

Is there a well-known or historical person that has inspired you? Muchísimos, pero alguien que me inspiró mucho fue Arturo Alfonzo Schomburg, mejor conocido como el Padre de la Historia Afroamericana. Schomburg fue un maestro puertorriqueño que se radicó a los 17 años en New York y se especializó en el estudio de la cultura. Many, but someone who inspired me a lot was Arturo Alfonzo Schomburg, better known as the Father of African American History. Schomburg was a Puerto Rican teacher who settled in New York at the age of 17 and specialized in the study of culture.

Who in your family is your role model? Mi abuela paterna Rosa María, una mujer negra llena de mucho amor, pero con un valor increíble. My paternal grandmother, Rosa María, a black woman full of love but also incredible courage.

This year’s Black History Month theme is the Black Family. Are there any special family memories or traditions that you would be willing to share with us? Mi familia paterna es una familia de raza mixta: negros y blancos. Las historias de mi bisabuela blanca con su esposo, mi bisabuelo negro, son impactantes. Tuvieron que vencer el racismo cultural y religioso de la época para poder casarse y formar una gran familia. My paternal family is a mixed race family: blacks and whites. The stories of my white great grandmother with her husband, my black great grandfather, are impactful. They had to defeat cultural and religious racism of the time period to be able to marry and form a great family.

Is there anything else you would like to share? Me enorgullece saber que 33% de mi sangre es sangre de raza NEGRA. Por eso me enorgullece celebrar esa raza no solamente en febrero, sino TODO el año. I am proud to know that 33% of my blood is blood from the BLACK race. That’s why I’m proud to celebrate this race not only in February, but throughout the WHOLE year.

 

mwName: Marcus Ware

Position: Principal of Windham Middle School

How long have you worked for Windham Public Schools? 3 years

What are you the most proud of? Obtaining my degree in Meteorology and Mathematics.

Is there a well-known or historical person who inspired you? So many to list! However, I would have to mention Beverly Tatum, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Sojourner Truth, David Ruggles, James Baldwin, and W.E.B. Dubois.

Who in your family is your role model? My mother, Linda Ware.

This year’s Black History Month theme is the Black Family. Are there any special family memories or traditions that you would be willing to share with us? The tradition that I want to share is about Sunday dinners.  Sunday dinners in my family are a time of family and peace and religion.  However, Sunday dinners were a way to keep the family together and to appreciate each other but COVID has taken that away.  Sunday dinner was also another way to get my southern, black-style cooking fix that I crave from time to time.

 

tfName: Tanya Fleeting

Position: Project AWARE Coordinator

How long have you worked for Windham Public Schools? 2 years

What are you the most proud of? I am proud of receiving the 100 Women of Color Award in 2018 as well as the Bridge Builders Award in 2019 for my work in providing safe and authentic spaces for women of color to speak and be heard.

Is there a well-known or historical person who inspired you? Maya Angelou has encouraged me to find and use my voice!

Who in your family is your role model? My mother.

This year’s Black History Month theme is the Black Family. Are there any special family memories or traditions that you would be willing to share with us? The family tradition that I would like to share is celebrating Kwanzaa and embracing the 7 principles of Kwanzaa throughout the year. One of the principles is Nia, which means purpose. I always remember that the purpose in what I do is important, especially at work.