My Quest To Teach

February 6, 2017

My Hidden Figures Reflection

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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’
only.

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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.

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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
http://www.tedxfscj.com/events/

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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December 26, 2016

The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

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The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

This blog is independently written by #MyQuestToTeach
The information is strictly the opinion of its writer.
William Jackson, M.Ed. CVO My Quest To Teach
@wmjackson Twitter

Contributions are provided by left to right:
Elisha Taylor student at Duval County Public Schools
and speaker with TEDxFSCJ Salon
Young lady name not provided 
Deyona Burton student in Duval County Public Schools
Community Activist
Taylor Richardson student at The Bolles School
Literacy Advocate and Aspiring Astronaut
Jon Gregory
Edward Waters College Student
Graduate of Bolles High School
Speaker at TEDxFSCJ and EdCamp NABSE

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Networking and sharing knowledge and wisdom
Ryan of Ngoma Thunder Drum Troop

The Black Expo provides a wonderful opportunity
for businesses, entrepreneurs, performers and even
youth, teens and  young adults to show the community
what they are about. How they can better engage and
participate in making the community better for
everyone in the areas of business, commerce,
investments and building needed collaborations.

Networking is a learned experience that youth,
teens and young  adults need to understand now
at a young age to prepare them for future business,
civic and community collaborations  and projects.
Many have a business dream, but do not have access
to the resources that allow the dream to come into
fruition. The mental spark is there, but the kindling
needs to be provided to build the fire of production
so it starts to burn hot and bright. Leading to a
viable and strong business that
contributes to the community.

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Financial management  advice……

Each year the Black Expo embraces, recognizes
and awards business owners, visionaries,
entrepreneurs, innovators, and smart creatives.
Their passions that drive them are inspiring
and lead to continued opportunities to hire
and mentor others with the same interests.
Even in business it takes a village because
the village will buy, barter, and have access
to the services the business provides. Building
that business because the relationship
is based on trust, respect and the accountability
of providing a service and need for the
community.

Many that attend the Black Expo, from our
observations are looking for that spark of  inspiration,
that opportunity to gain the knowledge that will
allow them to follow their dreams and to help their
business. Potentially hiring new people, providing
educational training and financing investments to
the community.
Small business is the glue that bonds communities
and allows for re-investments.
Technology has allowed many to connect with each
other and build a network of clients and partnerships.
The statements that many are starting to embrace is,
“don’t look at your business competitor as competition,
but an opportunity for collaboration.”

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Hello Tee – http://www.shophellotee.com

In order for businesses to be recognized, Social Media
is not the end all and be all, it contributes, but nothing
beats meeting and greeting people with a handshake
and a smile. Sharing information
and “word of mouth” alliances.

As an Educational Technology and Social Media instructor
at Edward Waters College, it is a requirement for my
students to blog about their interests, passions, abilities
and skills. Building their Brand and understanding how
important a digital presence is, but more important
building relationships in the community.
Volunteering, mentoring and helping outside of the
business brings exposure and respect to the business.
As I talk to youth, teens and young adults at local and
national conferences it is valuable because the information
they gain is relevant and can be applied to their goals.
Youth, teens and young adults that have a business
mind set must be taught things that are relevant to them
for the now and how it influences their future.

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Moxie Girl and Gabby

The Black Expo is a part of the building process to
put people together, a platform where handshakes
are exchanged, business cards are flowing and
smiles are shared. Before many do business they
establish a relationship based on trust and
mutual respect.
The business package starts with building of
relationships, having a solid Brand and knowing
your Niche. Developing a Marketing  strategy that
is a living document with multifaceted avenues to
provide streams of revenue not just from one source,
but dynamically creating a continuous path to
making money, and just as importantly
re-energizing the community with investments
in people.

The desire to gain business power should never
be the priority over humanity. It is the people that
are the ones that will help build a business or allow
that business to wither away. The youth, teens and
young adults attending should be embraced, mentored
and provided role models so they can achieve their
dreams as future business owners.

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Youth, teens and young adults are contributing
to business success models.

Too many times there are gaps in education, political
influence, economic stability, diversity in commerce
and generational wealth is lacking. Venues like the
Black Expo are proved as viable, solid and productive
Black businesses that are influencing the community
in positive ways and showing each generation of
youth that they do have alternatives to potentially
dangerous and illegal activities. There is life in
following positive people doing positive things
through education, hard work, networking,
technology and investments.

Support Black Businesses because these Black
businesses support the communities they are
established in, by providing needed tax revenue,
mentors, role models and job opportunities.

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Pro. Wm Jackson, Blogger and Author Harold Harvey
author of “Justice in the Round”
Essay on the American Jury System

Resources:
15th Annual Florida Black Expo
https://www.facebook.com/BlackExpoSouth/

Accounting and Financial Womens Alliance
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afwa-winter-tini-social-tickets-30220477261?aff=erelexpmlt

30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/30th-annual-martin-luther-king-jr-breakfast-presented-by-florida-blue-tickets-29893201370?aff=erellivmlt

Women In Insurance and Financial Services
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northeast-florida-wifs-january-luncheon-registration-29789105015?aff=erelexpmlt

Sun Entertainment
http://suncityentertainment.com/florida-black-expo.php

Black Expo South
http://blackexposouth.com/

Florida Black Expo
http://blackexposouth.com/florida-black-expo/

My Quest to Teach
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/

Business Training and Collaboration
http://www.e3businessgroup.us/

1st Annual Community Film Festival
Daytona Beach, Florida
FreshBookFestivals@gmail.com
(386) 627-4353

December 9, 2016

EWC and DCPS Student to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

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EWC and DCPS Students to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

The opportunity to speak at a TEDx event is a great
honor and an awesome opportunity to share learning
that changes the paradigm of the intellectualism of teens
and young adults when talking about technology and applying
tech to influence changes in society.
TEDxFSCJ has been ongoing, providing great content
for discussions and actual application.

The national and global discussions provided by
diverse speakers enable those selected to share
their experiences, knowledge and passion in diverse
disciplines in fields such as medicine, science,
technology, religion, politics and engaging in the
area of thought leadership, unexplored creativity and
innovation.

TEDTALKS and TEDx are different entities, the
opportunity to share information and establish
connections are powerful. Selection is highly
respected and offers the chance to grow intellectually
because of the platform of engagement and collaboration
on multiple levels. TEDx are independently run
discussions.

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Johnathan Gregory a student at Edward Waters College
majoring in  Elementary Education and a proud member
of “Call Me Mister” program and Elisha Taylor a student
attending  Kirby Smith Middle School are both provided
the honor of being presenters at the upcoming
TEDxFSCJ Salon.

Each showing leadership abilities in their academic,
community service and application of the use and
integration of technology.

Mr. Gregory is not just a student at the historic
Edward Waters College, the oldest HBCU in Florida,
he is employed with TEAM UP at Pickett Elementary
School where he is involved in teaching, mentoring
and helping to build young minds for the future.
He has participated in several tech conferences in
Florida sharing his growing experience and skills
as a future educator and thought leader.
EdCampNABSE (Tampa, Florida,)  “TIGERTALKS
Experience” at Edward Waters College (Jacksonville,
Florida), WordCamp Conference (Philadelphia, Pa)
and other tech conferences.
Mr. Gregory is a proud graduate of The Bolles School
and attended Duval County Public Schools in his
elementary and middle school years.

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Elisha Taylor III an honor student at Kirby Smith
Middle, a Magnet School focusing on
STEM – Science Technology Engineering Mathematics.

Mr. Taylor has participated in several technology
conferences as well and attended TEDxFSCJ. Gaining
experience in speaking about and applying his
passion for technology that he has gained from school
and attending conferences like Florida Heritage
Book Festival (St. Augustine, Fl), EdCampMagic
(Orlando, Fl), WordCamp (Jacksonville, Fl.) and
technology Meetups.
Mr. Taylor is influenced by the speaking and presentation
abilities by his father the Senior Minister of Northbound
Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mr. Gregory and Mr. Taylor are
mentored by educator , blogger and professor
William Jackson a teacher with Duval County Public
Schools and professor at the historic Edward Waters College.
Prof. Jackson a blogger and speaker himself travels
nationally to tech conferences and involved in his
community.
Professor Jackson takes students on field trips
encouraging them to not only attend, but to
contribute to the discussions at conferences,
workshops and meetups. Learning, contributing and
applying the integration of technology as students
grow in knowledge and abilities.

This creates changes from teacher centered to student
centered learning and providing increased hands-on
opportunities for collaboration and application
to real world experiences and future careers.
TEDxFSCJ Salon theme is
“Our Digital Leaders of Tomorrow”
http://tedxfcsj.com

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Resources:
Jon Gregory:
Instagram @indo_jon
Twitter @Indo__Jon
William Jackson:
Twitter @wmjackson
Instagram
@williamdjackson
Dr. Jose Lepervanche
Twitter
@DrLepervanche
Instagram
@drlepervanche
Florida State College
Twitter
@TEDxFSCJ

Web
tedxfscj.com

 

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