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.
Brandi Hester-Harrell, SPEcial Education Director
Why Empower? Because all children should be surrounded by a community that promotes differentiated success by transforming experiences and thinking to cultivate culture awareness and virtue.
I love to travel; I have traveled to 28 countries with a whole world left to conquer. I enjoy writing poetry, exercising, spending time in meditation and reading. Food fuels you, so as a vegan, I enjoy making traditional favorites vegan-friendly.
gabrielle smith, ethnic studies teacher
Why Empower? I believe teaching from a standpoint that doesn't focus solely on Western values and perspectives pushes students to be more politically aware and active within their global community, which helps them make change.
I love science fiction books, hip hop music, wood-fired pizza, yoga, my family and friends, mediating outdoors, and conversations on politics and religion.