Summer S.T.E.P. Inspires Teens to Become Future Teachers

Part of Summer 2021 for Black Male Educators Alliance (BMEA) was to rest, recharge, and reflect. Another part was inspiring our future Black educators and leaders!

BMEA partnered with MCLee Educational Consulting, LLC to present Detroit Public Schools Community District high school students with the Summer Teacher Education Program, or STEP, STEP’s chief goal is to identify and recruit incoming high school students into the teaching profession.

“Recruitment is a foundational part of BMEA’s mission in dramatically increasing the number of Black teachers — particularly men — in the teaching profession,” said Curtis Lewis, the BMEA’s co-founder, and CEO. “This was a great opportunity to inspire the next generation while partnering with mission-minded organizations like MCLee.”

The program director for STEP was an urban educator and MCLee’s CEO & Founder, Dr. Marini C. Lee. Dr. Lee’s vast experience in urban education includes times as an Assistant Professor for Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Lee’s resume also includes the principal, MSU’s Retention Specialist & Recruiter for the College of Education, and coordinator of COE Summer High School Scholars Program and The Early Success (in Education) Scholars (bridge) Program. Additionally, Dr. Lee serves on the Board of BMEA.


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