Andrea Pickens, M.Ed

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Education and Youth Development

I am an Education & Youth Development Professional. I began my calling as an educator in 2015, since then I have been on a mission of shifting and impacting the lives of youth and other education professionals.

I am currently pursuing my Doctor of Education in Learning and Organizational Change degree at Baylor University. I hold a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Jackson State University. I am a certified 4-8 Science teacher in TX.

I started my journey as a Secondary Science Educator in Dallas, TX. The entire trajectory of my life changed for the better once I stopped running from being an educator. I ran from being an educator because I was not ready to address my own childhood trauma and fears, and I knew stepping into the call of education that I would soon be staring at little versions of myself who may have experienced or be experiencing similar situations as me.

In order to truly understand what takes place in education and in the classrooms, one must experience it. Unbeknownst to myself, my story would drive my passion for educating young minds, teaching beyond the content, helping to break generational cycles, and loving each child as though they were my own.

As an education professional, it is my purpose and responsibility to be the difference and a catalyst of change for each youth I encounter, whether that is inside or outside of the classroom.  Each child has an individual identity, purpose, and gift. Youth typically begin to uncover their identity and gifts as they matriculate through the levels of learning.

Educating does not stop inside of the classroom, it is a constant journey and process. It truly takes a village to raise a child. This village includes parents, educators, administrators, community leaders, and more. We, as education professionals, have a responsibility to not only educate the youth, but to also educate each other.

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