My Class was the first graduating class of the new Morgan State "University", were I majored in Secondary Education. After graduation, I began my career as a Teacher/Department Head in a public school system for many years. That experience enhanced my knowledge and skills in public service; I learned to work with youth, parents, seniors, every day hard working citizens, and communities to build stronger partnerships. After continued advanced professional certificates/coursework, I moved on to using my leadership experience at the Maryland State Department of Education working as a Career Specialist and State Advisor to two National Student organizations, Future Leaders of America and Health Occupational Students of America. While at the Department of Education, I also served as the Loaned Executive of the Maryland Charity/ United Way of Central Maryland Campaign. That rewarding experience taught me how to really communicate/network/fundraise for one cause; helping people utilize and support the many resources/civic organizations available in Baltimore and the State of Maryland. As a past Director of the State's Apprenticeship System, and an Elected Member-at Large on the National Association of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Directors; I implemented laws and regulations, coordinated federal issues, monitored standards, prepared for Council meetings, and marketing of the program. More than 30 years of public service, secondary education, career development initiatives and community leadership has prepared and continues to prepare me even more to serve.