My Quest To Teach

February 20, 2017



William Jackson, parent, educator, blogger
#MyQuestToTeach @wmjackson

Since the inception of the TEDTALKS and the
budding TEDx and even the birthing of TIGER TALKS
with Edward Waters College, there have been dynamic,
inspiring, funny, intellectual and emotional discussions
about every aspect of human life. The sharing of stories
has created an intellectual feeding frenzy of information,
facts, statistics, data, ideas and opinions that are shared.

The TEDxFSCJ held in Jacksonville, Florida is a
wonderful example of the spirit of storytelling and
exchange of information. The continuous process
that has been conducted since human existence of
sharing information through oral communication
or “storytelling.” FSCJ TEDx is an awesome example
of community collaboration and the celebration of
diversity that makes Jacksonville and rising global

There is no topic that is taboo (to the best of my
understanding), the exchanges are respectful and
sprinkled with just enough gusto, spunk to sassiness
and classiness to keep those in attendance guessing
what direction the speaker will go in and intrigued
as the dialogue changes with the emotional
attachments to the personal stories being told.

The infusion of culture, gender, lifestyle, religious
and community connections helps in the sharing of
knowledge in a relational way that people connect
and bond.

The speakers open their hearts, their minds and
even their essence of spiritual substance in an
attempt not to change minds, but to build a
relationship that creates a possible change in
behaviors and actions to improve the human
exchanges that sometimes makes us wonder
how we can all be human beings and treat each
other with the disrespect and violence that we
see in news media with wars, discrimination,
racism, and bias. The other side can be seen the
compassion, love, respect, trust and overcoming
of misconceptions that keep people separated.

We question where is our compassion, empathy,
contentedness and respect for cultural understanding,
tolerance and acceptance. This country can be
described as a “salad” of cultural diversity, a “gumbo”
of simmered and spiced flavors of human complexity
and simplicity. TEDx TEDTALKS and TIGER TALKS
allows for communication and encourages open

TEDxFSCJ  can be found at
and the Team can be found here.

HBCU’s like Edward Waters College are involving their
students in “talks” similar to TEDx expose their students
to  formal speaking opportunities that prepare them for
careers where they will have to speak and prepare
them for opportunities of dialogue and intellectual
sharing and collaboration.

Each semester Professor Jackson an accomplished
speaker, national and international blogger and
instructor at Edward Waters College requires
his students to speak about what they are passionate
about, what they care about and their experiences as
a project in the Educational and Social Media class.
As stated by Professor Jackson, “every Tiger has a story
that needs to be told.” Emma Kent of Library Services
provides her expertise as a master librarian and
researcher in helping to prepare the students for each
discussion. “Team work makes the dream word.”

TIGER TALKS Experience developed by William Jackson,
guides EWC students to improve their writing through
blogging on WordPress platform and encourages students
to attend conferences, even paying for their travel.
HBCU students sometimes lack the professional
experiences so any assistance financial,
advice and mentoring is appreciated.

Exposure and Application allow HBCU students to
build skills to help them to be competitive in a global
economy and builds positive digital footprints when
incorporating technology.
Community invitations are extended to join TEDxFSCJ
and the Tiger Talks Experiences at each school are
shared on their web sites.
Wonderful collaborations by FSCJ and Edward Waters
College have allowed students from EWC and even
DCPS – Duval County Public Schools to participate.
Sharing their experiences and talents in education
and technology.
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Educational Technology at Edward Waters College


February 18, 2017

The Hidden Magic In Children of Color

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 6:00 am





The Hidden Magic
In Children of Color

by William Jackson,
Blogger and Professor
Breyonna Fox, Intern
with My Quest To Teach
Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures and the book
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Picture accompanying is of Taylor Richardson,
Asya Fox, Breyonna Fox, Alandra Hill




How many girls of color are super
smart in mathematics,
how many want to be engineers,
how many girls of color
want to be doctors and lawyers,
scientists and pilots?

How many want to be veterinarians and writers like
Breyonna Fox a sophomore attending High School in
Jacksonville, Florida, she is interning with My Quest
To Teach writing blogs that are read nationally.

Taylor Richardson of Bolles Middle School, her dreams to be an
astronaut traveling to Mars and exploring the Red Planet, there
are more girls that want to follow her and increase their reading
literacy. How many want to be like Angie Nixon’s daughter Natalie
creating a national following with
“The Adventures of a Moxie McGriff”







How many boys of color love to read and how many enjoy building
with Legos and other materials that could make them the next
architects and designers of our national infrastructure for roads and
buildings. Young men like Elisha Taylor an 8th grade students that
loves robotics, reading and has spoken at conferences;
TEDxFSCJ and attending
WordCamps and EdCamps in Florida
Young men such as Jon Gregory of Edward Waters College studying
to be an elementary education teacher working with TEAM UP in
Jacksonville, Florida. He has spoken at EdCamp NASBE and
attended WordPress and WordCamp events. One of the first to
speak at the Edward Waters “TIGER TALKS Experience.”






Each of these dynamic and success driven visionaries are embracing
their talents as smart creatives and innovators for the future. How
many boys and girls of color will be able to design future space ships
that will take astronauts beyond Mars and to the stars? These are
dreams that many do have. There is Hidden Magic in children of
color and culture that needs to be cultivated and encouraged.

The movie Hidden Figures has sparked a renewed interest in the
need for girls and women to enter into #STEM careers, it is a call
for boys and men also to get involved in #STEM and #STEAM that
allows the imagination to know no limitations. Girls and women
shatter glass ceilings, boys and men demolishing walls that keep
them out of innovative and historic careers with tech.

There was a time as seen in the movie Hidden Figures where Black
girls and boys were honored as scholars and intellectuals, what
has happened in the 21st century?

There are too many
that are scared to
read books in public,
too many being

bullied because they love math
and science.
The question WHY is a question
that needs to be answered!!
Not just in schools, but in homes
where parents are the first educators.
How can kids bring guns to school,
but struggle to bring books
to and from school and parent not be aware?

Why are our Black girls and boys that can be honor students
scared to be academically successful? What has happened
since the days when Blacks had to secretly learn how to read
using the Bible that was hidden away. That was a “hidden
treasure” because it was the tool that Blacks used to start the
educational process that even continues today.

HBCUs had to struggle to teach not because of money, but
because society did not think Blacks were smart enough to be
anything other than field workers, hired hands and property.
These stories are not science fiction, but science fact how
Blacks have influenced a time in national history.

“If Not for Them” there may have not been a journey to the moon
or if there had been, it may have cost more human lives. Look at
the facts that Blacks helped put a man in space, Blacks helped
put a man on the moon and Blacks continue to do this.






HBCUs have contributed to
thousands of #HiddenFigures
that are still unknown and their
contributions are historical in
the benefits we enjoy today.
Parents and teachers need to
work together to create cultures
of learning for the betterment
of our cultures and society.
It is because of the diversity that
America has that is why this nation is still the best place in
the world to live because we enjoy freedoms that our
constitution allows for everyone. The embracing of diversity
brings a strength and value to our educational systems,
industry, commerce, research and development.

America is strong because of the diversity of cultures and
minds. Black do have opportunities and they must be prepared
for new growth in new careers.

To participate in a continued discussion centered on
women and their growing influence.
Attend the Real Talk Real Change – Real Talk Real Change
by E3 Business Group
RTRC VIII: “We Are Women, Hear Us More!!

February 6, 2017

My Hidden Figures Reflection

Taylor and students from Venetia Elementary and Lee High School

My Hidden Figures Reflection
By: Breyonna Fox,
Blogging Intern with My Quest To Teach
Jacksonville, Florida
My first thought when I finished watching Hidden
Figures was, “Wow, they actually did all of those
things, like they accomplished their goals.” I thought
this was very inspirational, because back then it was
very hard for other races besides Caucasians, to do
the things they wanted and love. In the movie there
is a part when Mary Jackson’s husband even doubts
her accomplishing her dreams, showing how
un-motivated people were and how many dreams
were simply crushed and forgotten.

Then there was Dorothy Vaughn who wanted to be
a supervisor for her group of women who are highly
skilled with computers. She wanted to move on with
her dreams when she realized Katherine and Mary
was moving up with theirs. NASA wouldn’t make
her a supervisor though, she worked hard and even
acted like a supervisor to her group of woman. Then
one day she got a huge offer, but she would only do
it if her girls were with her as well. So they allowed it.
She finally became a supervisor. She is the first
African American woman to supervise a staff
at the West Area Computers Division. Another part
in the movie shows when she took her sons to the
library to get some books to help her out with work,
they ended up getting kicked out, just because
Dorothy needed the book, but the library was whites’


It was upsetting to see how she couldn’t check
out the book and then the security guard pushed
her sons out as well. Then when she got on the
bus she still had the book on her and when her
sons asked why and she said she pays taxes
and those taxes help the library out. I know
Dorothy is a very witty and strong person. She
stayed determined in what she believed in and
knew she could accomplish her goals, she didn’t
leave her girls and moved them up with her.

Mary Jackson, wanted to become an engineer,
in the beginning she had doubts about it. She
was talking about it with her co-worker and she
said how impossible it felt, her co-workers told
her she could do it, because they were already
doing the impossible. I thought about what she
said and how she had hope that Mary could
accomplish her goals. It showed me even when
things feel impossible, they aren’t. She even
went to court to fight for what she wanted and
got night classes at University, an all-white
school! That was amazing. I really loved that part,
because that filled so much hope in Mary and
made her believe more in herself that she could
accomplish a lot more things after that, Mary
Jackson became the first female African
American NASA engineer. Mary is a sassy, brave
and determined for what she fights for.
Last, but not least was Katherine Goble,
she was strongly skilled in mathematics and
had an analytical mind. She got a new assignment
by Al Harrison, so she had to move to a new
part of the company.

When she was getting escorted, the woman told her,
“you will be the first black person here. Don’t make
me regret choosing you. Most people only last a few
days, so don’t get used to it.” Then when Katherine
entered everyone stared at her. Her co-workers were
rude towards her as well. She went to grab some
coffee and everyone was staring at her. She
immediately felt uncomfortable and sat down and
sipped her coffee slowly. After that incident they
got a second coffee maker and it said “colored”,
she went to use it, it was empty, sending a message.

This showed me how even though Katherine
accomplished her goals, there will always be people
trying to bring her down. Then she got upset and
explained to Harrison how rude everyone was acting
towards her and how she never got pearls and how
no one wants to use the same coffee maker as her,
since earlier she was always in the bathroom and he
would ask where she went. Then the next day he
tore down the “whites only” bathroom and the
“colored” signs and he said, “no whites or colored,
we’re all the same here.” That showed me how
Al Harrison really cared about Katherine as an
employee and he didn’t care about skin color.

Then when Katherine got engaged, her co-workers
got her a pearl necklace, which was Harrison’s ideas
too, which she wore to her wedding. Then later on in
the movie, when John Glenn was going to orbit
around earth, he said he only trusted Katherine with
her calculations and with his safety, he knew she
was brilliant and he only trusted her not the computer
machine. He was right too, he had trouble up in space,
but he got back safe.

Katherine played a huge roll in John Glenn’s journey
and Apollo space program landing a man on the moon.
In 2015, Katherine received National Medal of Freedom
from President Obama.

Breyonna Fox, blogger

This movie showed me that anything you set your mind
to you can accomplish. You just have to stay determined
and full of courage. This movie is very inspiring and
does prove to other women and girls they can do things
even when they feel it’s out of their reach.
Edited by Prof. William Jackson  #MyQuestToTeach

Resources dedicated to women
TEDxFSCJ Salon: Lift as We Climb:
Women Race and Politics
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
FSCJ – Downton Campus
Auditorium A-1068

Real Talk Real Change
We Are Women Hear Us More..
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Riverside North – 2711 Edison Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida

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