Great educators have great stories. This series gives a glimpse of the ideas, practices, and experiences of the recipients of the NEA Foundation’s California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence. Today, we’re sharing the words of Anthony Pitts, a language arts educator at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School in Ridgeland, S.C..
Advocacy for my profession and for public education extends well beyond the school and classroom. I am heavily involved in my communities with organizations like Big Brother, Big Sister; Habitat for Humanity; 100 Black Men of Savannah/Charlotte; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and a host of local governing boards.
In these capacities, I bring the platforms of education to the forefront in illustrating how policies and practices in education directly affect each and every aspect of our society. In most cases, I am given the “bully pulpit” to address key issues in the face of those who may seek to adversely alter public education.
I welcome these challenges and hardlined discussions because these are the opportunities to engage in the fight to protect public schooling for all.