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Teaching Is a Family Legacy for These New Orleans Sisters

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Teaching Is a Family Legacy for These New Orleans Sisters

Teaching Is a Family Legacy for These New Orleans Sisters

Twin sisters Kaitlyn and Alexie Gaddis are following a family legacy of teachers in New Orleans.

Growing up seeing the disparities in resources at schools where their parents taught, as students in college, Kaitlyn and Alexie were moved to close the gap. Experiencing the benefits of a quality education, the twins decided to follow in their parents’ footsteps and teach to the next generation of New Orleans students.

Alexie is a math teacher at Sci Academy, while Kaitlyn is a kindergarten teacher at John Dibert Community School at Phillis Wheatley, where her mom once taught.

The Gaddis twins know things aren’t perfect in New Orleans, but as their mother says:

“Let’s not allow perfect to be the enemy of good.” That says so much about how a community needs to move.

Everything’s not going to be perfect immediately but that doesn’t mean that it’s bad. It may be good and we have to foster what’s good in the direction of perfect.

Ikhlas Saleem is the Digital Media Associate for Education Post.
Photo courtesy of New Schools for New Orleans.
What Is the Belief Gap?Too often, students of color and those who face challenging circumstances are held to lower standards simply because of how they look or where they come from. Close the Belief Gap →

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