Bianca obtained a B.A. in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University studying Elementary Education. During her sophomore year, she became a member of Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana, which ignited her passion for promoting quality educators in Louisiana. Although she has not encountered many teachers of color throughout her school years, Bianca realizes the importance of increasing the representation of African American teachers, especially male teachers, due to her experience being raised by a single mother. Bianca hopes to not only become an effective educator, but also continue to build, uplift, and encourage black male educators worldwide.
Jesse enjoys long walks on the beach… — jokes. Jesse is an educator hailing from Mobile, AL, by way of New Orleans. Jones has been fortunate enough to make it out of some circumstances himself and knows firsthand how a lack of positive, Black representation can affect Black youth today. This concrete understand led him to BE2T. With his passion and commitment to his community, Jesse plans to change the narrative of not only Black youth, but Black educators also.
Sydney received dual bachelor’s degrees in communications studies and sociology from Louisiana State University. Her journey to education began when she entered into the BE2T Fellowship as one of the original Sister-Bruhs during the end of her freshman year of college. The opportunity that the fellowship gave Sydney to tutor and mentor youth allowed her to realize her passion for education and for service. During her senior year, Sydney transitioned from a tutor to a BE2T staff member. Through her own experience, Sydney knows the tremendous impact that having someone who looks like you in the classroom can have, especially with the lack of positive representations of Black people in education. Now Sydney serves as both program coordinator or New Orleans and as a full-time educator who strives to be the change she wishes to see in education.