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Meet Bijon Miles, ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellow

Marissa Badgley

Marissa Badgley is the Programs and Policy Manager at ExpandED Schools.

Bijon Miles, ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellow

In partnership with NYC Men Teach and the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), the ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellowship is a 10-month program designed to bring in, support, train and guide passionate men of color (Fellows) who are looking for pathways into teaching or youth development careers.

Marissa Badgley: What in your life led you to pursuing a career in education or youth development?

Bijon Miles: I have a great passion for mathematics. This passion combined with the chance to connect with kids and make a difference in their lives is what inspired me to pursue a career in education.

MB: Why is participating in this Fellowship important to you?

BM: This fellowship provides the opportunity to help kids at a very complex time in their lives, where they might feel vulnerable and have a lot of challenges. 

MB: What makes you a good role model for students?

BM: I think I'm a good role model because I always try to be genuine and push people to be better than they were yesterday; I guide them toward a goal while telling them that I know they can achieve that goal.

MB: Describe a teacher or educator who made a difference in your life. What did s/he do? Why was it important to you?

BM: I already had a talent for mathematics, and had a teacher who gave me over 150 extra math problems to do every week! This showed me that practice makes the good better, the better great and the great excellent. 

MB: Tell us something interesting about yourself that is unrelated to education or working with students.

BM: I have a special ability for writing poetry. Because I'm able to understand people's feelings and also write them down on paper, some of my subjects have told me that what I've written reflects them so well that they thought they wrote it themselves!


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