As many advances as we make, it’s these changing times which mean inspirational and forward-thinking educators will always be invaluable. Teachers such as Kwame Sarfo-Mensah, the subject of this short video, show us how to remember the individuals in mass-education.
Kwame Sarfo-Mensah, a Boston public high school teacher, believes in empathy as the foundation for teaching.
Taking the time to understand a student’s situation beyond their academics can go a long way to helping them learn in the classroom.
In his 14 years as an educator, Kwame has seen first-hand the inequalities facing students and teachers of color. He is a role model for minority students.
Inspired by these experiences, he’s written a book called Shaping the Teacher Identity, published in 2018. He’s also launched a consulting company to help teachers support vulnerable students and tackle systematic problems.
Here’s some more of his story, as told to WGBH.