Teaching Diversity

JaMarvin Durham watches his students as they practice their spelling exercise on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Many of the students struggle with their reading and writing skills.

Photos by Michelle Hanks

JaMarvin Durham, 36, is a second-grade teacher at Warren Elementary School in Bowling Green. Durham is the only male teacher of color. For Durham, he sees having more black male elementary school teachers as a necessity. “I think that just the mere presence of a black man being in front of the classroom, that’d be enough to tell those young men, ‘you know I can do it. I can be successful'” Durham said.