“I don't think I will ever forget their faces when I arrived. Surprise. Shock. Disbelief. Acceptance.”

 

Interview with Josh Parker & James Ford

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After participating in the first episode of Sarah Brown Wessling’s Ask Sarah: the Big Questions podcast, teachers Josh Parker (Maryland’s 2012 Teacher of the Year) and James E. Ford (North Carolina’s 2014 Teacher of the Year) opened up by sharing a back-and-forth exchange on the unique challenges and opportunities of being black male teachers. Josh is an instructional coach for English Language Arts at Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, DC. After seven years as a history teacher, James now advocates for students and teachers at the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

Josh Parker, Maryland’s 2012 Teacher of the Year

Josh Parker, Maryland’s 2012 Teacher of the Year

James E. Ford, North Carolina’s 2014 Teacher of the Year

James E. Ford, North Carolina’s 2014 Teacher of the Year