Meet Andrea FullingtonJuly 20th, 2018
What is your education and career background?
I just completed my 10th year in the classroom and have taught a variety of subjects including English, African-American History, and Sociology in places like Philly, New Orleans, and Colorado. Teaching in charter, alternative, and independent schools has widened my lens of what is possible in education and how to think outside of the box.
Why are you passionate about New Harmony?
New Harmony High represents the possibility for me to pull together the variety of knowledge I’ve garnered at different schools and educational non-profits to create something new in service of youth. The fact that we will be aiming to root kids in the magic that is the Louisiana coast, while exploring the cultures, histories, and communities of this land makes me feel incredibly grateful! I’m excited to see what we’ll build alongside the students.
Who was your most influential teacher during high school and why?
My most influential teacher didn’t enter my journey until college. Lanita Jacobs is an anthropology professor at USC who taught me that formal education did not have to be divorced from topics that I felt like were important to my life. She impressed upon me the significance of centering my identity, taking pride in my Blackness and womanhood, and doing the work to define/create myself so others in the world could not.