Dr. Toron Wooldridge, director of the Northeast campus, has been selected as a “Men on a Mission” mentor for a program sponsored by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators.
Dr. Wooldridge, serving his first year at The Varnett Public School, will take part in an annual event that gives aspiring men an opportunity to visit at the helm of Dr. Wooldridge’s “garment of influence,” according to a nomination letter sent by the organization.
The veteran educator has been invited to attend the alliance’s 35th Annual State Conference February 19-23, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio. The theme of the conference is “Empowering Educational Excellence Through Equity” with an emphasis on “Mentoring with a Purpose.” The alliance is an affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) and is committed to improving the educational achievement of African-American students by increasing the participation and expansion of Texas affiliates.
“Men on a Mission is an event that is meant to provide men and male educators an opportunity to sit and have intimate conversations about goals and turning dreams into reality with other men in executive levels of leadership,” Mr. William Ealy, Men On A Mission Chair, said in his letter to Dr. Wooldridge. The alliance will also host a "Dining With Divas" event as a counterpart to the men's program.
In an interview, Dr. Wooldridge said: “I am humbled to be an honoree because I’ll be in a field of superintendents, assistant superintendents and central office directors. I feel blessed to sit alongside these great individuals.”
Dr. Wooldridge said he expects to make the initial contact with aspiring leaders at the conference and will maintain those relationships long after the conference ends.
Key parts of his message to aspiring leaders will be:
*Create an environment that will allow you to impact as many people as possible.
*Draw from your life experiences.
*Try to learn as much as you can.
*Enjoy the moment.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Wooldridge for receiving such a prestigious honor!
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