Diamond Emerald is a career educator who has been teaching teachers almost as long as she has been teaching students. Trained through the New York City Teaching Fellows program she implemented best practices on a daily basis as she learned how to survive teaching and thrive in New York City. Having struggled through homelessness, the litany of teacher exams, abuse and being isolated from family - she understands firsthand how School is Home and Education is Liberation.
By taking the advice of her peers and elders, and tapping into her previous experience as a student and performer, she has developed the "Shine Brite" framework.
She graduated with Latin Honors from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in African & African American Studies, Theatre and Swahili. She then graduated with awards from NYU- Tisch's Performance Studies Masters program. Her second Masters is in Special Education from Hunter College which allows her to serve as a Secondary Special Education provider in Middle School and serve as a professor for fellow Teachers. She is an adjunct-professor at Hunter College instructing new teachers in how to pass the new Edtpa Certification Exam and demonstrate academic growth in students through one-on-one intervention.
In addition, she supports veteran Teachers through the DOE to gain their Secondary Special Education certification.
Diamond Emerald teaches with the Energy of a New Teacher and the Wisdom of a Veteran.
She supports both simultaneously by using the "Shine Brite" framework to bridge the gap.
The world of Education will never be the same.
We dare not go back to "normal". No matter where or how you are teaching, these principles will enable you to outlast the pressure to produce the Dynamic Diamond Teacher that is YOU!