My Quest To Teach

March 9, 2018

2018 Change Your 2017 Mentality 

Filed under: Education,Taylor Richardson — William Jackson @ 12:45 pm

2018 Change Your 2017 Mentality 
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Inspired by Taylor Richardson 
Astronaut StarBright –

Assemble your pieces to move forward to take the
opportunities to set a new vision for motion that
moves forward not backward.
There comes a time when you’re sick and tired of
being sick and tired. That you want a change for your
life, to create an atmosphere of success and progress.

There is a time when you seem to think your window
of opportunity is closing. Your options are few and
slim. 2017 was an opportunity to move forward, but
in some way people may feel they missed their move.

It takes courage to start a movement of change,
you have to get rid of fear. Fear can paralyze you
to the point of putting you in the hospital or
putting you in the grave. Imagine, the grave yard
is the riches place on the planet because there are
people buried there that did not even try to live
up to their dreams. They had ideas that could have
change their lives and changed to world, but because
of fear did not act.

2018 is another opportunity to change your mentality
just don’t give up, keep moving foward. Live your
life with some passion and with some drive that
takes you beyond your fears and your dreams.

Steve Harvey says, “JUMP,” others have different
motivational sayings, Luke Cage (Marvel) says,
“Always Forward.”

As inspiration don’t just use the date in a year use
every day as an opportunity to move in a forward

There will be storms, hazards, headaches and heartaches
that you must address. Keep your passions and keep your
purpose in mind. Use your resources of purpose, process
and procedure to advance forward and keep moving forward.
Never give up on yourself, because at the end of the day
you only have yourself.

Don’t rely just on you and what you know, but allow faith;
inspiration and prayer to inspire you!!!
There are many ways to travel, make sure your traveling
is in the positive direction where you are not just
cruising or following someone else. Live each day as
if it were your last, because each day is not promised.

Focusing on you and how you can help others and your
grow beyond what you are. Stay focused and aware.
Change comes by mentally accepting the challenge to
change and to help others. Each of us has a direction
to move in, but first we must mentally accept change
and keep the focus and the purpose in our lives.

If that means getting rid of distractions that
mock you, tease you and put you down – then do it.
No one can do it for you, you have to do it yourself
and for yourself.

#2018 provides another opportunity to move forward,
upward and change the inward person, but you must
mentally commit to change and not to submit to fear.

Motivational Videos:
Love What You Do…
Discipline Yourself



April 8, 2017

Black Girl Magic As An Agent of STEM

STEM  Panelists
Hortinse Diggs – Grace Johnson – Mary Madison – Lesley Harris

“Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game.
It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and
where we’re going.
Space travel benefits us here on Earth. And we
ain’t stopped yet. There’s more exploration to come.”
Nichelle Nichols, former NASA Ambassador and actress

“When I was young I was very interested in science
and technology, and my dad brought home the first
computer. I played pac man and I was hooked!
By learning to create technology, girls learn to
speak up.”
Regina Agyare, Founder of software company
Soronko Solutions

“Suppose you came across a woman lying on the street
with an elephant sitting on her chest. You notice she
is short of breath. Shortness of breath can be a symptom
of heart problems. In her case, the much more likely
cause is the elephant on her chest.
For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of
women who wanted to enter the sciences. That is the
elephant. Until the playing field has been leveled and
lingering stereotypes are gone, you can’t even ask
the question.”
Sally Ride
First American Woman in Space
Challenger Space Shuttle, 1983



Encouraging Words from Women of STEM

Encouraging our students in STEM

A Good Work Ethic Is Important

Have a Passion for Math

Build Friendships with Others

Mentoring and Allow God to Work

Put In That Vision for College Early

You have to believe in yourself always



March 17, 2017

The Hidden Magic In Children of Color

The Hidden Magic In Children of Color
by William Jackson and Breyonna Fox


Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures and the book
by Margot Lee Shetterly
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 vetrienarians and writers like Breyanna
Fox a sophmore attending High School in Jacksonville,
Florida, she is interning with My Quest To Teach writing
blogs that are read nationally and Taylor Richardson of
Bolles Middle School, her dreams to be an astronaut
traveling to Mars and exploring the Red Planet. How many
want to be like Angie Nixon’s daughter Natalie creating
a national following with The Adventures of Moxie McGriff

Mayor Brown and Natalie


How many boys of color love to read and how many enjoy
building with Legos and other materials that would 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 TEDxFSCJ, 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 that will be 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?

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 secretely 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

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 not just for school learning, but for the
betterment of our cultures and societies. 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.

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