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“Hello, my name is Damarion and I am a 10th grade student at Cristo Rey Richmond High School. My favorite subjects are geometry, world history, and P.E. The teachers are the reason I love these classes because they make me feel included. I came from a school where I didn’t fit in because of how shy I was, and this school gave me the opportunity to express who I truly am. My classmates make my experience even better. Everyone comes from different cultures but we are a family, one full of loving and caring people.

“Last year, the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) gave me a job with CREATIVE. I filed checks, worked on computer software, labeled order numbers on boxes before shipping them, worked on projects for the company and attended meetings about companies selling their products to CREATIVE. I developed communication, leadership, and time management skills. The experience I had at this company helped me step out of my comfort zone and be more confident.

“Last year I struggled with the spread of COVID-19. We lost family members and people we loved most. I experienced ups and downs. I was not able to learn in person, see the staff and my friends, or have easy communication with them. Luckily, we had technology to assist us during these times. The school sent us home with laptops so we could continue learning on Zoom. I felt like I was ahead of other students at other schools because I could still keep advancing in my schoolwork. I also felt like I was cared for not only as a student, but as a family member. Being virtual helped me improve my grades, feel a part of something, and feel loved.

“This year, I spend two days in-person and the rest virtual. My favorite virtual activities are working out with video tutorials, doing labs on teachingchemistry.org, and jotting down notes on the videos we watch during history class. My most favorite part of being in person is CWSP class. We are learning about elevator pitches, personal branding, workplace safety, and the employee rights in a work environment. I get really enthused about the CWSP mentorship program because we get to meet with our supervisor from our companies. This year, I work for Bliley’s Funeral Home. We learn about the different positions and how to excel at them. I’ve been able to get a real job thanks to the CWSP program preparing me.

“I have enjoyed the two years I’ve been at Cristo Rey Richmond. The way they’ve treated me and my family has been a really good experience. For next year, I would like to envision the school full of diverse students ready to learn, and more staff who bring a positive attitude. This will boost my confidence for years to come. When I leave this wonderful school, I want to attend the University of Virginia. Once I get there, I am going to major in Business/Economics to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

“Cristo Rey is preparing me for the future I want. They use every resource to ensure my success, including the cool technology to help us learn. I hope you will help next year’s class have the same advantages. Thank you.” – Damarion, Class of 2023

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by Dr. Lynn Waidelich

Coronovirus has taken so much from so many. There have been times over the last six months, when each of us have wondered if there is anything safe from the virus. 

After Orientation Week at Cristo Rey Richmond, I will propose that HOPE is safe; hope is secure, and hope found its way to the surface in a very hot and humid gymnasium last Tuesday during New Student Orientation. We started the day setting up tables and laying out stacks of handouts. We had hand sanitizer stations and tested our thermometers. Our families trickled in just before noon, and one by one, they visited seven stations spread out on the gym floor. We welcomed them in our masks and gloves, requested  signed paperwork, and confirmed addresses. By the time the families got to my station, they were sweaty and overwhelmed with information. We had told them too much and not enough at the same time. My job, as the Assistant Principal, was to give the students their class schedule and explain our complicated hybrid model for the upcoming school year. I explained the four virtual school days per week, and the one live day, using a green highlighter to circle their class schedules and explained Zoom links to new students. 

At the end of my spiel, I stepped away to pick up the right sized t-shirt for our new 9th grade students. Then, I got to welcome them to the Class of 2024 by dramatically opening up their new t-shirts displaying CLASS OF 2024 on the back. This moment, recreated nearly 100 times that evening, was a moment of magic buried beneath the minutiae of orientation.  When I said “Welcome to the Class of 2024,” a smile would begin to form on the students’ faces. It was hidden by their masks, of course, but you could see it walk up their cheeks and light up their eyes. 

They were standing next to their moms or grandmas or in between their parents, sometimes they had younger siblings running around their feet, and at that moment, you could see the spark of hope. I asked rhetorically, “Do you know when we will have done our job for you?” They hesitated, wondering if it was a trick question and why in the world was I asking this. I answered for each student, “Our job is done when you graduate from college. We are here to support you to and through college graduation.”

Their faces lit up with the hope of graduating college and the opportunities that would present. Some of their mommas cried or said “thank you”. Some of the families cheered. Regardless of the student, tall or short, studious or relaxed, organized or disheveled, I could see a flash of the possibility they hold within. In a world that tells us hope is lost, I would suggest, hope is inherent. It smolders underneath the facade, and for some, it only comes to the surface on rare occasions but it is there. 

On a hot summer day, in an un-air conditioned gym, amidst a pandemic, we were blessed to witness the hope in our incoming class. Now the work begins. I promised these families our job is not done until their young people graduate from college. This is not an easy promise. It is what gets us up in the morning and what keeps us up at night but is a promise built on hope. As our founder, Father John Foley said, “May our hope be so outrageously bold that people will laugh at us if they knew what we hoped for.”

Meet Mr. Broscious. Our Math Teacher.

Staff Spotlight: Mr. Broscious

Cristo Rey Richmond would not be able to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service without our dedicated and passionate faculty & staff. In an effort to recognize our educators, we will begin a series of Faculty & Staff Spotlights!

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: I was born in Allentown, PA, but grew up in Virginia Beach, VA.

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school? And why?
A: This is going to sound pretty cliche, but I always enjoyed math. I was pretty good at it (although my high school Geometry teacher might argue otherwise) and I liked being able to solve problems and figure things out.

Q: What job did you have when you were in high school? What was it like in comparison to what our students do for work today?
A: I worked a lot of weekends as a referee for youth soccer matches. I was also a hot dog vendor (think New York City street cart) outside a Haynes furniture store at one time, and a bellhop at a hotel on the oceanfront another time. Both the hot dog vendor and bellhop jobs were your typical minimum wage, summer gigs. Nothing that I did growing up, however, is like what our students are going through here with the Corporate Work Study Program. To be able to go out into the work force and get some real life experience is truly invaluable.

Q: Where did you go to college? And, what did you study there?
A: I went to a small school in North Carolina called Elon College (it’s now called Elon University) on a soccer scholarship. I originally wanted to study sports medicine because I wanted to be an athletic trainer, but my commitment to soccer didn’t allow me to get the practicum hours that I needed to fulfill the degree requirements. So, I ended up majoring in math and minoring in computer science. I then went to the Art Institute of Phoenix in Arizona to learn how to make video games. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) I quickly realized that I was really not a good artist and I ended up leaving the program early. After deciding to get into education, I got my teaching license from Virginia Commonwealth University and later got my Master’s degree in Math Education from Florida State University.

Q: What is your favorite part about teaching at CRR?
A: My favorite thing about being here at Cristo Rey Richmond has to be building the school from the ground up. This is the first time I’ve ever experienced something like this, and we’re all going through it together! To be able to establish a culture of faith, purpose, and service with like-minded, passionate, and committed colleagues is very exciting to me. The fact that we are also giving our students a high-quality education is just icing on the cake.

Q: Why do you love teaching math?
A: I absolutely love teaching math! There is such a beauty and elegance to the subject. I grew to love math for its structure, theory, and logic. Math also has so many applications, and seems to pop up in the most unsuspecting places. Did you know that math is used to help detect cancer, or to help fight forest fires? I hope that I am (or can one day be) the type of teacher who is able to share my passion for math with my students. They, in turn, may learn to appreciate the usefulness of math in their day-to-day lives.

Q: What does the “Cristo Rey Way” mean to you?
A: To me, the Cristo Rey Way means going above and beyond what is typical or normal. There’s what happens everywhere else, and then there’s what happens here. Here is bigger, here is bolder, here is better. It means I am a Royal. I’ll go to school earlier and come home later than my friends. I’ll work once, sometimes twice, a week amid a rigorous course load. I’ll come to school on days when everyone else is off. I’ll traverse difficult situations at home, at school, and at work, and I’ll do it because I have a purpose and I see the big picture. This past summer I heard a quote which I think is so true for us here at our school: “Exceeding expectations is the expectation.”

Q: What is your favorite memory at CRR so far?
A: I think I already have too many favorites to count! There’s the first time I met my fellow colleagues, the first day of LEAP and meeting all the students, the first day of school, the first mass, the time team Black Widow dominated in dodgeball… 🙂 It seems like everyday I’m creating a new favorite memory.

Q: Who is your biggest mentor and/or inspires you? And why?
A: Growing up, I never thought I would be a teacher. Never. It was the farthest thing from my mind. Even when I decided to major in math and my advisor would ask me every week for 2 years if I also wanted to get my teaching license, my reply was always the same – “no way would I ever be in front of a classroom full of kids”. The funny part is that I come from a family of teachers. My mom, dad, brother, grandmother are/were teachers. Somewhere along the way, something they did or said rubbed off on me. They are my inspiration because, looking back, they got such joy and satisfaction out of the profession and I realized that I wanted that too. I really enjoy working with kids and helping them as they each navigate their own personal narrative. With the support of my wife, mom, dad, and brother, I was able to smoothly and successfully transition from the corporate world into education. I am truly grateful to my family for all of their support and encouragement.

Q: What advice do you have for CRR students as they continue to focus on getting to and through college?
A: Never give up!! A little effort can go a LONG way. You have been presented with such a unique opportunity – don’t waste it. I understand that at times it can be hard, but you have a great support system in place here and all the adults in this building care about you and want nothing more than to see you succeed.

Meet Ms. Powers. Our EnglishTeacher.

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Powers

Cristo Rey Richmond would not be able to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service without our dedicated and passionate faculty & staff. In an effort to recognize our educators, we will begin a series of Faculty & Staff Spotlights!

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Buckingham, VA

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school? And why?
A: Biology. I was interested in medicine and this class helped me to understand a lot about the human body. Plus, my biology teacher Mr. Caldwell was the best!

Q: Where did you go to college? And, what did you study there?
A: I went to Longwood University and majored in Biology/Pre-Med.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at CRR? 
A: My favorite part about teaching at CRR is the daily interactions with the students. They have very different backgrounds and often I feel that I learn more from them than they do to me. Its also an amazing opportunity to be a founding faculty member and watch the school evolve.

Q: What does the “Cristo Rey Way” mean to you??
A: The Cristo Rey Way means going above and beyond. It means beating the odds. It means having high standards. It means success for every student. Cristo Rey students are not your typical students. They put in more work, longer hours, and they work one day a week. But, they payoff is major. Students are accepted to the college of their choice and they gain work experience that the average 14 year old is not exposed to. In addition to college readiness and academic/workplace experiences, students at Cristo Rey also leave knowing how to serve their community as servant leaders through experience gained during service days. The Cristo Rey Way puts our students one step ahead.

Q: What is your favorite memory at CRR so far?
A: My favorite memory at CRR has to be the ending of the first day with students in the building. The end of the first day symbolized that we made it- the students made it through the first day as founding students as we made it through the first day as faculty and staff! I knew that the best was yet to come!

Q: Who is your biggest mentor and/or inspires you? Why? A:My biggest mentor in the field of education has to be my 10th grade Biology teacher, Mr. Caldwell. He was first person who really made me love science. We actually worked together in the science department at Buckingham County High School for 11 years. He always told me that students are emotional learners and if we can make a connection with a student we can teach them anything. It was the best teaching advice I’ve ever received. We still keep in touch to this day.

Q: What advice do you have for CRR students as they continue to focus on getting to and through college?
A: Persevere. Tough times are unavoidable. The key to life is to persevere through those tough times and come out stronger and wiser. When facing a challenging class (there will be some), buckle down, reach out to your teachers, find new ways to study, and make it through. When facing tough times outside of the classroom, let your teachers and administration know. We are here to help you and we want you to succeed!

Ms. Powers teaches our Freshman English courses and has been critical in helping our studentslearn the importance of reading and writing.
Meet Ms. Keiper!
Math Specialist

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Keiper

Cristo Rey Richmond would not be able to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service without our dedicated and passionate faculty & staff. In an effort to recognize our educators, we will begin a series of Faculty & Staff Spotlights!

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Madison, New Jersey

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school? And why?
A: My favorite subjects revolved around the particular teachers who supported me – Drama (Mr. Russo – he used to smoke in the classroom!?!) History – Mrs. Lichatin

Q: Where did you go to college? And, what did you study there?
A: Emerson College – Mass Communications

Q: What is your favorite part about working at CRR? 
A: The students and being there to watch them experience all these great opportunities

Q: What does the “Cristo Rey Way” mean to you??
A: Being an advocate for yourself as well as others.

Q: What is your favorite memory at CRR so far?
A: Tough – I did love Draft Day. Everyday I have a new great memory. I will never forget this Freshman class.

Q: Who is your biggest mentor and/or inspires you? Why? A:Mr. Bunnell. He was my Chorus teacher in High School – he pushed us to do things outside our comfort zone. I was the worst kind of student complaining through it all. Years later when I became a teacher I saw him and thanked him for all of it. He is why I push my students to do and experience things outside their comfort zone.

Q: What advice do you have for CRR students as they continue to focus on getting to and through college?
A: Listen to adults. They do know what they are talking about.

Ms. Keiper co-teaches our Student Success class where she makes sure students are caught up in their classes, as well as enriches their Math curriculum.
Meet Ms. Wilkerson!
Religion Teacher

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Wilkerson

Cristo Rey Richmond would not be able to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service without our dedicated and passionate faculty & staff. In an effort to recognize our educators, we will begin a series of Faculty & Staff Spotlights!

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Little Rock, Arkansas

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school? And why?
A: My favorite subject in high school was English. I always appreciated the different texts and authors that my teachers asked me to interact with. It was through my English classes that I first learned how to analyze texts and take them apart so that I could understand the author’s message and put the ideas of various authors in conversation with each other. This skill was (and still is) absolutely essential for my theological studies.

Q: Where did you go to college? And, what did you study there?
A: I went to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. I studied both Theology and Philosophy as an undergraduate student. I am currently in graduate school and will finish my MTS (Master’s in Theological Studies) in Systematic and Philosophy Theology in the fall of 2020.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at CRR? 
A: The students! I have worked at three different Catholic schools, and I have never encountered students who fight for their education the way that our students do here at CRR. I see so many of our students overcoming obstacles everyday and facing circumstances that I never had to face at their age, and yet they still show up to school and put forth their best effort. I am incredibly proud of how hard they work.

Q: What does the “Cristo Rey Way” mean to you??
A: To me, the “Cristo Rey Way” means breaking new ground and overcoming obstacles. We do this not as individuals, but as a community. Being at Cristo Rey, whether as a teacher or student, means working harder than you have ever worked before; and yet, being at Cristo Rey, whether as a teacher or a student, also means being supported as you have never been supported before. That sense of work ethic and community is the “Cristo Rey Way.”

Q: What is your favorite memory at CRR so far?
A: Not long before the school had to move online due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the students did their first Socratic seminar discussion in Religion class. In all of the class periods, I was amazed at how well the students were able to articulate their analysis of the Scripture passages that had been assigned for the discussion, and I was equally impressed by their ability to critique each other’s ideas with kindness and thoughtfulness. It was a great thing to see!

Q: Who is your biggest mentor and/or inspires you? Why? A:My advisor from my undergraduate program has consistently pushed me, both when I was a student at Saint Vincent and when I graduated. It has been 4 years since I moved on from college, and yet I still hear from my advisor frequently. I once took a class that my advisor taught on Johannine Literature, and the final paper for the class was an exegetical paper (meaning that each student had to choose a passage from the Gospel of John and then analyze each aspect of the passage, “dissect” the passage, and then figure out how the message of that one passage fit into the rest of the Gospel account). When I got my paper back, I saw that my advisor had written a note on the final page, telling me how outstanding the paper was. The last line of the note struck me: “You should do this for a living!” I still have that paper and the note, and it motivates me to keep trying even when I feel like a failure.

Q: What advice do you have for CRR students as they continue to focus on getting to and through college?
A: Keep going! I think that’s the toughest thing, honestly. You are going to face challenges and seemingly insurmountable tasks, but you can’t stop. You have to keep pushing forward, no matter what.

Ms. Wilkerson teaches our Freshman Religion courses and is also responsible for planning our school masses.
Meet Coach Churchwell.
Health and PE Teacher, as well as our Athlethich Director!

Staff Spotlight: Coach Churchwell

Cristo Rey Richmond would not be able to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service without our dedicated and passionate faculty & staff. In an effort to recognize our educators, we will begin a series of Faculty & Staff Spotlights!

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: South Bend, IN

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school? And why?
A: Math & PE. They both came easy to me and I enjoyed both subjects. I had really good, knowledgeable and caring teachers.

Q: Where did you go to college? And, what did you study there?
A: I studied Business-Finance at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at CRR? 
A: I really like and respect everyone I work with. I love the connections with our scholars. I like the challenges we face as a school and the fact that we are willing to overcome these challenges together.

Q: What does the “Cristo Rey Way” mean to you??
A: It means being selfless and putting others first. It means meeting challenges head on and figuring out how to overcome the challenges. It means having a community, a family in your corner who will be there for you to lift you up.

Q: What is your favorite memory at CRR so far?
A: The feedback from students as they developed, implemented and modified their own workout plans. The critical thinking they demonstrated during this process was awesome!

Q: Who is your biggest mentor and/or inspires you? Why? A:My biggest mentor is my Pops. Honestly, I find inspiration in many ways and from many people. If I had to narrow it down, my biggest inspiration comes from my students.

Q: What advice do you have for CRR students as they continue to focus on getting to and through college?
A: Work hard and smart, and trust in the hard work you are putting in. Lean on one another and the resources you have all around you within your Cristo Rey Richmond and national family.

As our Health and PE teacher, Coach Churchwell helps keep our students active. As our Athletic Director he is responsible for scheduling games for our various sports teams!
Meet Ms. Price. Our Biology Teacher.

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Price

Cristo Rey Richmond would not be able to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service without our dedicated and passionate faculty & staff. In an effort to recognize our educators, we will begin a series of Faculty & Staff Spotlights!

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Buckingham, VA

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school? And why?
A: Biology. I was interested in medicine and this class helped me to understand a lot about the human body. Plus, my biology teacher Mr. Caldwell was the best!

Q: Where did you go to college? And, what did you study there?
A: I went to Longwood University and majored in Biology/Pre-Med.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at CRR? 
A: My favorite part about teaching at CRR is the daily interactions with the students. They have very different backgrounds and often I feel that I learn more from them than they do to me. Its also an amazing opportunity to be a founding faculty member and watch the school evolve.

Q: What does the “Cristo Rey Way” mean to you??
A: The Cristo Rey Way means going above and beyond. It means beating the odds. It means having high standards. It means success for every student. Cristo Rey students are not your typical students. They put in more work, longer hours, and they work one day a week. But, they payoff is major. Students are accepted to the college of their choice and they gain work experience that the average 14 year old is not exposed to. In addition to college readiness and academic/workplace experiences, students at Cristo Rey also leave knowing how to serve their community as servant leaders through experience gained during service days. The Cristo Rey Way puts our students one step ahead.

Q: What is your favorite memory at CRR so far?
A: My favorite memory at CRR has to be the ending of the first day with students in the building. The end of the first day symbolized that we made it- the students made it through the first day as founding students as we made it through the first day as faculty and staff! I knew that the best was yet to come!

Q: Who is your biggest mentor and/or inspires you? Why? A:My biggest mentor in the field of education has to be my 10th grade Biology teacher, Mr. Caldwell. He was first person who really made me love science. We actually worked together in the science department at Buckingham County High School for 11 years. He always told me that students are emotional learners and if we can make a connection with a student we can teach them anything. It was the best teaching advice I’ve ever received. We still keep in touch to this day.

Q: What advice do you have for CRR students as they continue to focus on getting to and through college?
A: Persevere. Tough times are unavoidable. The key to life is to persevere through those tough times and come out stronger and wiser. When facing a challenging class (there will be some), buckle down, reach out to your teachers, find new ways to study, and make it through. When facing tough times outside of the classroom, let your teachers and administration know. We are here to help you and we want you to succeed!

Ms. Price teaches our Freshman Biology course where she helps our students understand the world around them.
Meet Mr. Lampman. Our History Teacher.

Staff Spotlight: Mr. Lampman

Cristo Rey Richmond would not be able to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service without our dedicated and passionate faculty & staff. In an effort to recognize our educators, we will begin a series of Faculty & Staff Spotlights!

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Lynchburg, VA

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school? And why?
A: History (of course!)! I enjoyed the story-telling nature of history. I was, and am, fascinated at the fact that one decision, one event, one invention, one cause could have such a major impact on generations that would follow. The fact that a connective line can be traced from the history of China or Africa or Mesopotamia to our lives, politics and culture here in America is captivating. Lastly, the stories of average men and women who achieved greatness and, in doing so, changed the nature of peoples’ lives around the world is a powerful testimonial to the capabilities God has given us all.

Q: Where did you go to college? And, what did you study there?
A: I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. I received my undergraduate degree in history with a minor in physical education. I went on to earn my Master’s degree in Secondary Education.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at CRR? 
A: The people. My colleagues and my students’ personalities keep me smiling, happy and excited about teaching at a place with so many wonderful scholars, educators, staff and administrators!

Q: What does the “Cristo Rey Way” mean to you??
A: Cristo Rey is a chance and a choice. It’s a chance to build a road that doesn’t currently exist. Our students can, quite literally, be pioneers and trailblazers as they embark upon their own path for a bright, brilliant future. It’s a choice because the tools needed to take advantage of the opportunity provided is an absolute choice. Students must make a choice. Every teacher, administrator and staff member has made a choice to help give students this “chance”. Students must make a decision to sacrifice, to be challenged and to rise to the challenge. Cristo Rey is a choice that will lead to many great chances for our students and their families!

Q: What is your favorite memory at CRR so far?
A: I have truly enjoyed every conversation, every one-on-one, I have had the pleasure and honor of sharing with the students. They make me smile and laugh every day. I love them!

Q: Who is your biggest mentor and/or inspires you? Why? A:My greatest mentors are my former teachers. I didn’t know it at the time but they were teaching me how to teach challenging, tough subjects and content while establishing strong connections with their students.

Q: What advice do you have for CRR students as they continue to focus on getting to and through college?
A: I would stress to them an acceptance of what they are doing, that doing this is tough. I know that many students understand there are sacrifices, challenges, and hard work is a part of Cristo Rey but many still have not accepted that anything worth achieving is worth working hard to achieve. This concept is true of every challenge in life and it’s one of the greatest tools they will leave Cristo Rey with when they go to college.

Mr. Lampman is our Freshman History Teacher and he makes sure our students unertand how we got to where we are, by looking back in time.
Meet Ms. Hall!
Administrative Assistant

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Hall

Cristo Rey Richmond would not be able to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service without our dedicated and passionate faculty & staff. In an effort to recognize our educators, we will begin a series of Faculty & Staff Spotlights!

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Richmond, Virginia

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school? And why?
A: History was always my favorite subject. I’m not really sure why I was drawn to History so much, I just found it interesting. I’ve always enjoyed learning about different cultures, events, and people from around the globe.

Q: Where did you go to college? And, what did you study there?
A: I received my Bachelors from Virginia Commonwealth University. I entered college thinking Psychology was the major for me but it wasn’t the best fit. I ended up switching my major to Social Work and minoring in Psychology. There was no way I was letting those credits go to waste. Currently, I’m attending Virginia Union University for my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Urban Education. Fingers crossed , I will be finished with my degree come December.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at CRR? 
A: While I am not a teacher, I do consider myself a teacher of life. In many ways I relate to our students more than they realize. I’ve grown up in similar areas, I’ve worked with many organizations they are familiar with, and I understand some of the struggles they are going through. Being a student is one thing but carrying the future of your family at 14 is another. It’s tough being strong and responsible at 14 in the classroom, with your teammates and also at home. Our scholars are wise beyond their years and sometimes the pressure of it all can be overwhelming. I am always willing to be their cheerleader and listening ear. Ms. Hall is always here whenever they need a pick me up or a few words of encouragement!

Q: What does the “Cristo Rey Way” mean to you??
A: I believe the Cristo Rey Way is all about believing in yourself and one another . It’s a simple phrase but can be the hardest thing to do sometimes. It’s easy to get lost in doubt, but here at Cristo Rey we try to build that army of support where doubt and self loathing is incapable of surviving. I’ve seen and heard many of our students saying in the hallways ” Do we need our Bible’s today?” or “Hey , don’t forget your binder for Mrs. Price” . Everyone is constantly looking out for one another because we truly believe that our students are capable of exceeding their potential. It’s important for our students to know how special they are , but it’s even more important for them to believe it . That’s why we’re here.

Q: What is your favorite memory at CRR so far?
A: My favorite memory at Cristo Rey lies somewhere between 1) Ms. Powers surprising everyone by killing the worm and 2) being completely obliterated by 14-year-olds during a dodge ball tournament. I don’t think any of us have recovered from the blows Carrington dealt.

Q: What advice do you have for CRR students as they continue to focus on getting to and through college?
A: Ask questions and don’t be afraid to branch out and expand . You’re not alone and I promise there are plenty people out there in similar situations like yourselves that have gone on to college and became successful. Do not let your fears hold you back. Be brave, be the only friend that goes to the Art School when all of your others friend didn’t. You would be surprised at all of the new connections and friends you would make. None of you are alone in your journeys, take advantage of the opportunities given to you and use them to your advantage. You have a village behind you so don’t be afraid to lean on it.

Ms. Hall & Ms. Brown posing for the camera at the inaugural Homecoming Dance!
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