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Vicky's Secret Life

Vicky's Secret Life

Vicky is a special education teacher for Maryland Public Schools during the day, but on the weekends, she is Vicky The Bartender. Story written and photographed by me for NPR, 2015: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/12/02/364972241/in-the-chaos-of-a-crowded-bar-lessons-for-a-special-ed-teacher

Hot Jazz, Cool Teacher

Hot Jazz, Cool Teacher

Middle school band teacher Sam Venable proudly shows off his new marching band uniforms at Langston Hughes Academy in New Orleans. "We lost everything. It's taken 10 years to get it back." March 2015. Via NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/06/14/413651923/hot-jazz-cool-teacher-how-one-new-orleans-man-fosters-greatness

New Orleans Public Schools

New Orleans Public Schools

Four schools in the 9th ward, from top left: A new charter school sits in temporary trailers while a huge new building is under construction, while three former neighborhood schools sit empty and abandoned.

The End of Neighborhood Schools in New Orleans. Series for NPR Ed. March 2015. http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/04/07/396195610/a-new-orleans-high-school-adapts-to-unaccompanied-minors

10 Years After Katrina

10 Years After Katrina

The poorest neighborhoods throughout New Orleans are still in disrepair 10 years after hurricane Katrina devastated the town.

Rising Through The Cracks

Rising Through The Cracks

Craig Adams Jr., 18, plays jazz trumpet, has a child, and is working toward his high school degree at the Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans. March 2015. NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/08/15/431967706/new-orleans-schools-10-years-after-katrina-beacon-or-warning

Crescent Leadership Academy

Crescent Leadership Academy

Tracy Bennett-Joseph, Superintendent of Crescent Leadership Academy notes improvements in graduation rates in the past year. CLA is a last-resort schools for students who have been kicked out of the system. Via NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/2015/04/17/398838417/in-new-orleans-a-second-chance-school-tries-again

Black Girls Code

Black Girls Code

Alexis Brooks, 13, participated in a Black Girls CODE summer camp session in San Francisco. "I came to BCG to learn something new. I don't know anything about coding, but I want to try something different."

Via NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/08/17/432278262/hacking-tech-s-diversity-problem-black-girls-code

August 2015.

San Quentin Prison

San Quentin Prison

The watch tower looms over San Quentin State Prison in California. August 2015.

Prison University Project

Prison University Project

With mesh backpacks slung over their shoulders, inmates walk to school at San Quentin State Prison. Inmates have the chance to earn an associate of arts degree here through the Prison University Project. August 2015. Via NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/07/436342257/prison-university-project

Getting An Education Behind Bars

Getting An Education Behind Bars

Left: Phoeun You earned his associate degree in June. Right: Jerome Boone earned his associate degree in June through PUP and the for-profit Patten University.

"The better we do in here, the better we are when we exit," Boone says. "If we come in here and just stay the people we are when we come in, you know, without any growth or insight or any opportunity to better ourselves, we're gonna get out that same person."

August 2015.

Via NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/07/436342257/prison-university-project

Vicky's Secret Life

Vicky is a special education teacher for Maryland Public Schools during the day, but on the weekends, she is Vicky The Bartender. Story written and photographed by me for NPR, 2015: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/12/02/364972241/in-the-chaos-of-a-crowded-bar-lessons-for-a-special-ed-teacher

Hot Jazz, Cool Teacher

Middle school band teacher Sam Venable proudly shows off his new marching band uniforms at Langston Hughes Academy in New Orleans. "We lost everything. It's taken 10 years to get it back." March 2015. Via NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/06/14/413651923/hot-jazz-cool-teacher-how-one-new-orleans-man-fosters-greatness

New Orleans Public Schools

Four schools in the 9th ward, from top left: A new charter school sits in temporary trailers while a huge new building is under construction, while three former neighborhood schools sit empty and abandoned.

The End of Neighborhood Schools in New Orleans. Series for NPR Ed. March 2015. http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/04/07/396195610/a-new-orleans-high-school-adapts-to-unaccompanied-minors

10 Years After Katrina

The poorest neighborhoods throughout New Orleans are still in disrepair 10 years after hurricane Katrina devastated the town.

Rising Through The Cracks

Craig Adams Jr., 18, plays jazz trumpet, has a child, and is working toward his high school degree at the Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans. March 2015. NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/08/15/431967706/new-orleans-schools-10-years-after-katrina-beacon-or-warning

Crescent Leadership Academy

Tracy Bennett-Joseph, Superintendent of Crescent Leadership Academy notes improvements in graduation rates in the past year. CLA is a last-resort schools for students who have been kicked out of the system. Via NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/2015/04/17/398838417/in-new-orleans-a-second-chance-school-tries-again

Black Girls Code

Alexis Brooks, 13, participated in a Black Girls CODE summer camp session in San Francisco. "I came to BCG to learn something new. I don't know anything about coding, but I want to try something different."

Via NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/08/17/432278262/hacking-tech-s-diversity-problem-black-girls-code

August 2015.

San Quentin Prison

The watch tower looms over San Quentin State Prison in California. August 2015.

Prison University Project

With mesh backpacks slung over their shoulders, inmates walk to school at San Quentin State Prison. Inmates have the chance to earn an associate of arts degree here through the Prison University Project. August 2015. Via NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/07/436342257/prison-university-project

Getting An Education Behind Bars

Left: Phoeun You earned his associate degree in June. Right: Jerome Boone earned his associate degree in June through PUP and the for-profit Patten University.

"The better we do in here, the better we are when we exit," Boone says. "If we come in here and just stay the people we are when we come in, you know, without any growth or insight or any opportunity to better ourselves, we're gonna get out that same person."

August 2015.

Via NPR Ed: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/07/436342257/prison-university-project

Vicky's Secret Life
Hot Jazz, Cool Teacher
New Orleans Public Schools
10 Years After Katrina
Rising Through The Cracks
Crescent Leadership Academy
Black Girls Code
San Quentin Prison
Prison University Project
Getting An Education Behind Bars