LARRY IRVIN, CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Educational attainment was always a point of emphasis for Larry growing up. Raised by an early childhood educator, Larry’s mother spent 23 years as teacher for the Jefferson Parish Head Start program. Aside from his mothers’ ability to nurture and provide the essential educational building blocks for low-income children, Larry was most inspired by his mothers’ perpetual benevolence, which extended from the classroom deep into the community. As a former teacher and high-school football coach, Larry has adopted those same values of education and community to create positive change through social entrepreneurship.
A New Orleans native, Larry earned his Associates of Arts in Journalism/ Media Arts from Delgado Community College followed by earning his Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with a concentration in rhetorical theory and public address from Louisiana State University. As an avid football aficionado and rabid Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan, for leisure, Larry frequently browses sports blogs such as Bleacher Report and NFL.com to remain abreast of all things Steelers related and religiously tunes in to ESPN’s First Take sports broadcast to feed his chronic craving for colorful sports debate by Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless.
Read more about Larry & why he thinks we need more teachers of color, especially men, here.
KRISTYNA JONES, COO & CO-FOUNDER
Kristyna grew up in family full of urban educators and was fortunate to be raised in a home where education was seen as an adventure, a source of self-discovery, and means to success. One of the greatest influences on her passion for the mission of BE2T was Kris’s grandfather. A life-long learner, 30-year educator, and counsel and sage to generations of young people, he inspired them to see the possibilities beyond there own environment or circumstances.
Kris has a 15-year career in housing and community development with a focus on lending and management strategy. As the COO, she uses these skills to manage the operational and financial needs of the organization.
Born in Cleveland, she’s an IBM kid (I’ve been moved) and lived in a number of cities. Most of her childhood was spent in suburban New York. Kris is an avid reader and writer. She is equally passionate about the Cleveland Browns and the New York Knickerbockers. She also participates in various grassroots political causes.
Click here to read more about Kristyna's thoughts on developing BE2T's initiative, the growth of the organization, and the importance of a woman's perspective in guiding more men of color into classrooms as teachers.
BANK STREET, CURRICULUM PARTNER
The mission of Bank Street College is to improve the education
of children and their teachers by applying to the education
process all available knowledge about learning and growth,
and by connecting teaching and learning meaningfully to the
outside world. In so doing, we seek to strengthen not only individuals,
but the community as well, including family, school,
and the larger society in which adults and children, in all their
diversity, interact and learn. We see in education the opportunity
to build a better society.