In her first real job out of college, Diamonté Brown worked to get juvenile offenders back into classrooms and on track to graduate.
By the time these children became part of her caseload, she said, they’d already been failed by the education system. Brown began thinking that instead of helping students re-enroll after trouble with the law, perhaps she “needed to be on the other side.”
“I thought maybe I could be a preventative measure and be the kind of teacher that would make them want to go to class,” Brown said.
She became a Baltimore public school teacher and committed herself to educating students in the city that raised her. She saw firsthand the impact...