Ep23: From Poverty to Purpose: Straight Talk w/ the “Turnaround Principal” Gemar Mills

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In this Episode, Minority Trailblazer Gemar Mills shares;

  • How he rose from poverty to be one of the leaders at the forefront of educational change
  • Advice for people in the the education and youth development field
  • The keys to finding your purpose
  • and much much more

Perfect show to share with;

  • Teacher, Adminsitrator, Youth Worker
  • Creatives & Culture Change Agents
  • People that love positive, transparent, and actionable conversations with World Changers

Information About Gemar Mills:

Gemar Mills, born and raised in the city of Paterson, New Jersey, always possessed a fervent affection to provide urban youth with an alternative perspective on life. As a high school student, he quickly acknowledged the significance of becoming an educated African-American male in his community. He sought empowerment through education where he discovered it’s positive attributes and it’s significance to personal and societal development.He went on to obtain a Bachelors of Science degree in Math Education from Montclair State University. In 2005, Gemar Mills began teaching math at East Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. While working full-time, he began his graduate studies at American Intercontinental University where he earned a Master’s of Educational Leadership.

In spring of 2008, Mills embarked on his first leadership role as the Department Chairperson of Mathematics at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, NJ. It is there, where he began to fulfill his true passion of educating the youth. After two years as Math Department Chairperson, Mills was promoted to Vice Principal. After one stellar year, at the age of 28, Mills was promoted to Principal of Malcolm X Shabazz High School (MXS). One of the most troubled schools in the Newark Public Schools District, with a history of low-test scores, MXS was threatened with possibility of closure. Mills took on the challenge and fully implemented his strategy of education reform by becoming an accessible and relatable leader for the school community. He accomplished the unthinkable, by drastically improving student test scores, created a safe school atmosphere and made the students believe in their selves, the school and in education again. Under his leadership the illustrious school pride and sports culture was featured on Sports Illustrated award winning series “Underdogs”. In addition, Star-Ledger released a series of articles and documentary authenticating the school’s turnaround.

Following several years as Principal of Malcolm X. Shabazz High School, Gemar has now officially joined The Future Project team as the Chief Dream Director in Newark, NJ.

Gemar Mill’s Favorite Quote

“Be who you are, not who people want you to be“-Unknown

Gemar’s Favorite Book

Blink by Malcom Gladwell

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