Addressing Subtle Words and Actions

~Immediately improve academic outcomes for students of color by simply changing daily conversations.~

You are here because you desire to help students of color engage and provide a sense of belonging in the learning environment. You understand that the learning environment can reinscribe trauma for students of color. You understand there is a need to dismantle the current perspective. You want students of color to attain academic success.

I am here to help you:

  • raise awareness of unconscious bias and microaggressions 

  • understand the psychological impact of microaggressions on students of color

  • improve academic achievement by giving students of color a sense of belonging in the learning environment

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Dr. Misty D. Freeman

Where It Began and Where It Is Headed

Dr. Misty grew up and currently lives in South Alabama. She lives about an hour south of Montgomery, which hosted several civil rights icons. Her childhood consisted of poverty and survival. She knew education was the only way out. As a black woman, she has experienced unconscious bias and racial microaggressions. This bias occurred in her pursuit of higher education and professional roles. She has had people ask to touch her hair, which implied that her hair was different, and they could touch it. She has experienced a store worker following her around in a store. Following her suggested that she did not belong. These experiences left her feeling terrible. Just imagine these types of behaviors and their impact on students of color.

As an educator with over 20 years of experience, she has held various positions. She’s worked as a social caseworker, special education teacher, school administrator, and director of special education. From her expertise, she quickly learned that she needed to focus on the experiences of students of color. She addressed the calling on her life! The desire to promote effective learning and inclusion for children of color. There seems to be a gap in information on how educators reach these students. In March 2021, Mocha Sprout developed out of the desire to help educators achieve sustainable growth and become culturally responsive by creating new viewpoints. She is a thought leader, equity strategist, trainer, and coach. Her mission is to help others understand and transform their perspective of educating students of color.

 The vision for Mocha Sprout is for one to move beyond the surface and rise higher to cultivate new perspectives.

She is grateful to have the opportunity to improve the lives of students. For many, like her, it will be their only way out. On a personal note,  she loves to read and travel. Also, she is a strong advocate for self-care.