Tremain Edge Holloway: 2006 NC Teaching Fellow
Posted January 25, 2019 5:00 a.m. EST
Updated January 25, 2019 6:39 a.m. EST
This interview was conducted by email as part of a series on teacher diversity in North Carolina.
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What years were you a Teaching Fellow, and what college did you attend?
2006- 2010 at North Carolina Central University.
Why did you apply to be a Teaching Fellow, and how did the program affect your life?
I honestly never thought I would be in education. As a young teenager my passion and goal was to be a professional athlete. I was heavily recruited for basketball while in high school.
Unfortunately, I suffered a devastating injury. The result: College recruiters stop contacting me and the offer letters stop coming in the mail.
At that moment in time, my mother encouraged me to utilize my mind rather than my athletic ability because she knew my potential and how my mind could propel me further than sports ever would. My mother has been and always will be a huge influence in my life and career as an educator. She taught 39 years in Nash-Rocky Mount School System and at one time, was my teacher (bad experience, but I still love her).
She ingrained in me the importance of education at an early age and always encouraged me to give back to the generations coming behind me to ensure they would have educational knowledge for the future. Hence, my reasons for applying for NC Teaching Fellows. It was my way to do something that would honor my mother and furthermore educate the world’s youth for the future.
What have you done since college, and what are you doing now?
I taught four years in Durham Public Schools as a high school math teacher. After teaching, I decided to go to graduate school out of state and gain my administrative license and master’s in school leadership.
After graduate school, I moved to Seattle to begin my administrative journey as an assistant principal at a small high school. I now currently serve as a principal in Highline Public Schools district located in the greater Seattle area.
Why have you stayed in (or left) teaching?
I cannot see myself doing anything else. Every day, I have the privilege of working with students who walk like me, talk like me, look like me, and want to lead like I lead. I am passionate about setting up our youth for success in helping them reach their goals, dreams, and aspirations.
What advice do you have for colleges hoping to recruit more people of color and men to study teaching?
It is needed! We need more brothers to help be mentors to the young males of color in the school. It makes such a big difference. I myself am a product of great mentoring.
What advice do you have for schools hoping to retain people of color and men as teachers?
Keep them! Give them support however you can. They are a limited commodity that can give you unlimited rewards for your school community.