Brandi Lawrence, LL’19 Proust Questionnaire

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1. Who are your favorite writers?
Nicole Hannah-Jones, Ta Nehisi Coates, Tressie McMillan Cottom, and James Baldwin

2. Who are your heroes in real life?
Ruth and Joseph Clement. My maternal grandparents.

3. Who or what motivated you to become an educator?
I think the little 8-year-old Brandi that I still carry inside me motivated me to become a teacher. School was always challenging for me. So I think I became an educator so I could make sure that other kids did not have the experience that I did. I became an educator so I could give 8-year-old Brandi the kind of teacher she so desperately needed.

4. Your idea of happiness…
Sunny skies, warm breezes, sandy beaches, ocean water, tennis courts, reggae music, and cozy bonfires.

5. In a nutshell, what is your definition of leadership?
“Leadership is about empowering the powerless. Leadership is about making the invisible seen, the silent heard, and the unknown familiar. Under all of that very necessary work, are relationships. Relationships with yourself, the people you are helping, and the people who you endeavor with to do the work.”

6. What do you most value in your friends?
Their generosity.

7. What do you do for self-renewal?
I like to read books, watch documentaries, relax by a body of water, walk in the park, purge my closet, and write in my BUJO.

8. Who is your hero/ heroine of fiction?
Okoye. The General of the Dora Milaje who are sworn to protect whoever sits on the throne of Wakanda.

9. What is your current state of mind?
Searching.


Brandi Alexandria Lawrence is an educator and an equity and social justice practitioner. She received a B.A. in Communication from Howard University and a Masters in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Manhattanville College. Brandi has been a lower school teacher for the past fifteen years. She has taught a span of ages ranging from three to eleven. She is a second-year EdD student in the Social and Comparative Analysis program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Her doctoral work will focus on High School Black girls in predominantly white educational settings continuing to report instances of body and tone policing by teachers and administrators. Currently, she is a Teaching Assistant for the University of Pittsburgh’s online course on Anti-Black Racism. Brandi consults with a variety of independent schools to support their lower school’s implementation of an Anti-Bias curriculum and multicultural practices. In her spare time, she likes to read, write, cook, dance, swim, go for long walks, and play tennis.