Construct a narrative of your life trajectory that demonstrates why the Green Fellowship is pivotal to your development as a teacher and leader in education. Your piece should include specific ways in which you aspire to engage the urban core of Kansas City as well as the personal strengths you will leverage to ensure your success as a Green Fellow.


(1000 words or less; please reference this rubric to assist you in crafting your narrative.)

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After attending the State University of New York at the College of Brockport, Hakeem started his professional career by joining Teach for America in 2014. Hakeem has a Master's of Art in Teaching (MAT) and over five years of experience teaching secondary sciences for the New York City Department of Education. Hakeem was honored to be a Green Fellow recipient as a TFA alumnus. As a published author of scientific literature Hakeem greatly enjoys participating in biology research with hopes of discovering a deeper understanding of the human GI tract.



Megan Jefferson is a special education teacher at Kansas City International Academy. Megan is an alumna of Teach for America and is currently in her 7th year in education. After attending Rutgers University, she began her career as an educator in 2013 in Kansas City. In 2015, she received her Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Prior to this year, Megan has had the joy of teaching in both Kansas City and in Baltimore, Maryland. Megan is a National Geographic Certified Educator. She was honored as a recipient of the 2018 National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, a professional development opportunity for pre-K–12 educators which allowed her to use field-based experiences to bring new geographic awareness into her school and community. She is currently a facilitator for National Geographic Educator Certification. In 2019, Megan was honored to join the Green Fellowship in Kansas City to develop in educational leadership. Megan enjoys coaching her school’s cross country team, and is herself an avid runner.