Felicia Mckelvy - Why I Believe Memphis Academy

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My love for children started out during my senior year of high school. I was required to work one on one with K-2nd students on their reading and math skills; it was one of the best jobs I’ve ever done.

Although I knew my passion was working with children, I was undecided on what to major in at the start of my college career; I was stuck between doing what I wanted to do and doing what others wanted me to do. I soon began to question whether or not I wanted to continue to pursue college. Thankfully, I met a professor that I absolutely adored! This professor, who is African American, inspired me and challenged me in a way that no one ever has. Because of my professor’s ambition and love for teaching her students, I knew I wanted to be like her, and decided to pursue my passion that started in high school.

I knew education was the key to actual success in this world, and my parents have done a great job reminding me that my education is very important. Having a great education can open doors of opportunity for everyone. At first, Memphis wasn’t my first choice when it came to deciding what college to attend; I had been accepted to other colleges such as UT Chattanooga, Mississippi State, and Southeast Missouri. I don’t know why I stuck with Memphis, despite my family being against my decision, but I’m glad I chose Memphis.

Coming form a small town, Memphis is like New York to me, so many things to do, and so many people to meet. What I love most about Memphis are the many events, but most importantly my church home. My church has teamed with the city of Memphis to make it a better and safer place for our youth, and we are passionate about serving our brothers and sisters in the city.

I joined Believe Memphis Academy because I want to be a part of a team that truly cares about the livelihood our youth. Believe is passionate about fixing the injustice that our youth are bombarded with on daily basis. As I stated before, I know education is the key to success and opportunity, and Believe wants to give that to children who are not receiving the same quality of education as other children. Believe is for equality, something we all should embrace.

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Felicia Mckelvy is currently completing her senior year at the University of Memphis with a degree in childhood development. She joins the founding team of Believe Memphis Academy as our Founding Teaching Fellow, where she will focusing on phonics instruction at our school while earning a Master's Degree in Teaching through Relay Graduate School of Education. We are thrilled to have young, passionate educators like Ms. Mckelvy who will serve as a window into the opportunity our scholars can pursue, as well as a mirror that can reflect their backgrounds and experiences.

Danny Song