VANTAGE POINT

VANTAGE POINT

 

"Do the difficult things while they are easy, and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." - Lao Tzu

 

Welcome to STUDI GROUP - where intelligence meets professionalism, passion meets purpose, truth meets change, and teamwork begets humility, introspection, collaboration, and unity.

We adapt to circumstances.

We are open-minded to the open-ended.

We recognize that we all have different vantage points on life

and that people need our help.

I am Terrance Scott from Detroit, MI. My friends call me TJ. I come to you from the vantage point of education, a believer in servant leadership (hence the Lao Tzu quote), and as an agent of change. I am a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) candidate for Leadership and Professional Practice at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, studying the effects of Culturally Responsive Teaching on African American male middle school students. I’m also an alumnus of Teach for America (2012 Greater Nashville Corps), and am currently entering my 4th year of teaching. I’ve received my M.Ed. in Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University, and my B.A. in English and African American Studies from The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. I’ve taught middle school English and Social Studies in public schools and charter schools in Nashville - currently serving in an urban charter school teaching 5th and 6th grade Social Studies. In addition to teaching and my doctoral studies, I also serve as a part time virtual Cohort Leader for Teach for America, where my job is coach, support, and instruct incoming Corps Members on diversity content and social justice education.

I write from a place of faith, love, hope, wishes, and dreams, despite harboring very high degrees of cynicism, impatience, and disdain for the state of education and where we, as African Americans, fit in the system. As you could probably imagine, being a teacher has helped form my perspective of cynicism, impatience, disdain, and general distaste for the state of education in this country. I could frighten and even anger you with stories of my educational journey thus far. From senior year at King High School on Detroit’s East Side when my friend died on the basketball court after having a seizure; 911 was called and the ambulance actually arrived on time, but because all doors around the school had been ordered chained and locked to prevent gangs from entering and starting fights, paramedics didn’t make it in time. From having my dream of enjoying an amazing study abroad experience in Italy be soured by a poor application process and inadequate warnings of accurate fees and charges - I was forced to live an entire 6 month semester with minimal funding.  Recently, my battles are with parents about my expectations of their children contrasting with what they claim their kid cannot do, which ultimately seems to be a disbelief in their own ability. Since they could not succeed at a higher level, this sadly assures them that their children cannot as well. I came from similar circumstances and through it all, I've grown, I've learned, and I've succeeded. I plan to instill that very same desire in to as many young minds as I can, especially in the African American community.

I became and remain a teacher though because I believe in children. My great-grandfather once told me I could do whatever I wanted to and that as long as I believed that, and got an education, I could change the world. While too many kids go their entire childhoods without hearing that, here I am, a partner in STUDI GROUP, still believing I can and will do just that. But we all know that change must be plural for it to work. I consider being a teacher an investment; I'm spending my 20's investing capital, in the forms of English and Social Studies, into children that are so eager learn and to be heard.

Prison Creative Arts Project. Performance and presentation ceremony with high school students from Cody High School in Detroit, Michigan. Here I am passing out salutations to students who completed the program.

Prison Creative Arts Project. Performance and presentation ceremony with high school students from Cody High School in Detroit, Michigan. Here I am passing out salutations to students who completed the program.

My firm belief is that the future of this planet relies on the culmination of the educational development of young people. We solve our issues of oppression and inequality with education. Presently, the United States of America spends more money on its military than every other developed nation on the planet combined. Trillions of more dollars are invested annually to preserve America’s prisons, infrastructure, and corporations. If we desire to truly revolutionize America we must bring education to the forefront of our consciousness. We change the world with education. One child at a time.

I was a volunteer teacher for the ESL program while I was studying in Italy while a student myself at the University of Michigan. Here I am posing with some of my students from De Amicis Scuola in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy. 


Washington, D.C. - Expensive, but not Taxing: 4. Environment

Washington, D.C. - Expensive, but not Taxing: 4. Environment

Washington, D.C. - Expensive, but not Taxing: 3. Body

Washington, D.C. - Expensive, but not Taxing: 3. Body