dawn walton, principal
Why Empower? Because nothing creates a more stable and loving world like young people with a sense of agency and purpose.
I love dance, deep conversation, healthy relationships, walking in nature, friends, family, vistas, James Baldwin, summer in New York City, old school R&B, cooked food and fresh vegetables.
Olivia jones, Director of innovation & marketing
Why Empower? Because a school built by the community, for the community will inspire and foster the leaders our world so desperately needs.
I love reading outside, storytelling, rain in the summertime, the ocean, postcards, and transformative literature.
Wisdom Amouzou, Executive Director
Why Empower? Because I believe within our own cultures and our community, we have all the genius we need to create our own Wakanda.
I love learning new instruments, fufu, singing, ripe plaintains, my family, writing tall tales and all things African.
Lupe Tapia, Director of Community Engagement & Enrollment
Why Empower? Because I believe education is essential for critical consciousness.
I love spending time with family, friends, and community as well as reading, listening to music and enjoying some quiet time.
Jhenny Hernandez, Director of operations
Why Empower? Because I believe that we as educators have a responsibility to strengthen the genius that every kid has in them. When we build strong communities that foster and develop the talents of our youth, we build a better world.
I love my daughter Cassandra, Felix (the dog), friends, family, my heritage, learning, Latin music, dancing, horseback riding, the mountains, the ocean, and traveling.