"No one can forget you, you're like the teacher Beyonce" - AT, Adrienne's former 5th grade math student
Adrienne thinks every classroom should be a fun place where kids are inspired and make significant academic gains. Adrienne specializes in making classrooms in low income communities of color feel like families in which students are engaged in doing their best work every single day.
Adrienne is the Co-Founder and Curriculum Director of The Hip Hop Education Project, a non-profit that closes the achievement gap using engaging, design-centered critical hip hop pedagogy and an amazing app suite.
Adrienne came to education rather circuitously and during her anti-violence career developed into an engagement specialist. As an anti-violence program developer in Latin America she engaged community groups in designing programs for youth that would reduce gang violence. She was able to talk the police of several different communities into coming unarmed for a facilitated conversation with current gang members. One police officer noted that Adrienne could "get anyone to get excited about anything."
Adrienne also developed engaging anti-violence curricula for after school programs in the United States and Latin America. Adrienne has spent more than 10 years engaging people in conversations about how to improve their lives. As an educator Adrienne has helped her students make significant academic growth using an array of engagement strategies. The best and most important critics of Adrienne's engagement work are her students. Adrienne ensures that each of her students knows that they are capable of achieving great things as long as they commit to falling in love with the process of becoming great.
(Note: Adrienne is not a content expert yet. She's a great math teacher, but continues to learn more from her father, an educator for nearly 40 years who is her inspiration!, and from other awesome teachers and school leaders!)