Jessica Forte-Paul, Champion of Equity

From the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of Equity & Access Pre K-12

With the pandemic and horrific acts of racial injustice dominating our minds throughout 2020, students at Atlanta Girls’ School needed time and space. This led Jessica Forte-Paul on a path to create opportunities for students to dive more deeply into their own identity through the school’s weekly program, Education for the Development of Leadership and Service.

“It is my hope that through these opportunities, students at Atlanta Girls’ School will always know that they matter in this world.” — Jessica Forte-Paul

As a mixed-black woman who is also a part of the LGBTQ+ community, love is what motivates Jessica to be better for others and to bring that same belief system to students. Jessica believes that whether it is something they are experiencing at school, in their personal life, or just taking in all that is happening in society, every learner needs a space to process who they are and where they belong in that experience. Ultimately, creating these types of spaces is what drives her as an educator.

Connect with Jessica Forte-Paul:

  • Twitter: @FortePaulPE
  • IG: @FortePaulPE

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