Jamal Michel

Duke University, M.A.T. in English Education
Undergraduate Institution and Major(s)/Minor: 
B.A. in English Literature, Minor in Sociology
Graduate Institution and Major(s)/Minor: 
M.A.T. in Secondary English Education, Duke University

About Me

As a Florida native, I have spent my entire childhood and young adulthood in the shade of many a palm tree, and grew up with a family who pushed me to achieve all that I could as a student and future academic. They still push me, and coupling that with the desire I have for involving myself in the education sector of America is what brought me to applying myself as an instructor today. In high school I volunteered for two years at the neighborhood mosque, teaching students ages five to seven elementary Arabic and Islamic Studies. As college neared, I realized then that education was a field I wanted and needed to apply myself. I received my Bachelor’s degree at Florida International University, where I applied myself as a writing fellow on campus to several dozen other college undergraduates, as well as working closely with clubs as a member of FIU’s English Honor Society. After being accepted and graduating from Duke University’s MAT program with a degree in Secondary English Education, I began working at South Tech Academy, a charter school in Boynton Beach, Florida. My first year has proven to be as challenging and exciting as I anticipated, and with this experience my aim is to work in the field of education reform to help bring increased attention to policies that aid literacy and arts programs across the country.

Professional Work

The following are my thoughts on teaching adolescence, the experience I’m sure it brings, and the ways I hope to positively influence their experiences in my classroom.

(Teaching Adolescence Philosophy) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9cKnfXhQ75pU0EyQkcyTEhhNnc/view?pli=1

Using data from several students, I analyze their strengths and areas of improvement through data collection and reflection.

(Analysis and Reflection on Impact of Student Learning) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9cKnfXhQ75pTDdHYXBmRnVub2s/view?pli=1

This is my final teaching philosophy statement where I examine, not just my academic endeavors, but also the overall value of what these experiences mean to me and my future classroom kids.

(Teaching English Philosophy) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9cKnfXhQ75pM2tkN2owQnVHVmM/view?pli=1

Awards & Accolades

Title V Grant Project Gateways Outstanding Writing Fellow (2013), Member of the English Honors Society (Sigma Tau Delta) (2012-2013), FIU Writing Fellowship (2012, 2013, 2014), Wells Fargo Endowment (2014), Durham Teaching Fellowship (2014)