With a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia State University, Keenan always knew he wanted to work with children. After starting out at a middle school in Boston, he returned to New York—the city where he grew up. When Keenan interviewed with Democracy Prep Public Schools, he knew it was the perfect fit for him.
Keenan supports all of his school’s scholars through partnerships with teachers, the school’s Campus Director, and families. His daily tasks include working with behavior plans, running a reset room where struggling scholars can reflect and get back on track for learning, and aiding teachers with classroom management. After school, he also runs Chess Club, a group he launched for the scholars himself.
“Being here the last two years, I’ve definitely felt supported in my role. Doing what I do can sometimes feel very much like an uphill battle, so knowing you have people behind you is really great.”
“I think the opportunities we have for professional development are really important because they also provide you with the chance to network with people from other campuses and see what they do so we can improve our school.”