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Ethnic Gem: Camille Boyd

Updated: Sep 9, 2019

School: Read School

Bridgeport, Connecticut

By Takiya Green, Sr Contributor Writer

What are your qualities and attributes that others genuinely appreciate? Camille Boyd’s best qualities would undoubtedly be kindness and compassion!

Camille’s teaching career was inspired by her dad, who suggested she major in Communication Disorders and Education to eventually become a speech pathologist. Camille took her father’s advice, enrolled in school, and immediately fell in love with her classes.

After earning her bachelor’s degree, she began teaching a preschool/kindergarten class for students with autism. However, Camille quickly realized that becoming a speech pathologist required a master’s degree and a teaching certification. Camille accepted this challenge, and shortly after graduating from Southern Connecticut State University, she proudly earned these credentials.

Having previously taught preschool – 8th grade students, Camille will begin teaching high school students for the first time in the fall of 2019. Camille stated, “I prefer upper elementary and middle school students because their level of creativity is amazing if they have the opportunity and encouragement.”

According to Camille, the most important lesson she has learned is that to educate successfully, a teacher must be a good listener. Listen for students’ skills, learning styles, strengths, and challenges.

In 2018, Camille put these listening skills to the test when she realized children had a desperate need to belong, believe in themselves, and push their peers to succeed. Learning this, she created Build up, Cheer up, Speak up (B.C.S.) – a kindness learning community, providing children with a peer-driven community with compassion at its center. Through this program, Camille created a 13-student coauthored book, “Be Kind Not Mean.” This book is used to teach a message of kindness to children in kindergarten through third grade. The children in her program decided to donate the proceeds from the book to the homeless, through the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

After 28 years of teaching, Camille is determined to continue helping children see their potential through strategic radical acts of kindness. Camille’s dream is to see the learning style of every child maximized and ensure they reach their full potential in safe, kind learning communities. In the words of Camille, “We are world changers, changing the world with kindness.”

Camille’s passion for compassion is a trait all teachers should have, and we are excited to acknowledge her as an Ethnic GEM!

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