Our latest Welcome To Sanford Lee County Teacher of the Week is Bragg Street Academy’s James Beasley-Mungin. The middle grades language arts teacher has been at BSA for five years, and was honored as the academy’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. In the current school year, “Mr. B” has been teaching English I, II, III and IV and serves as the advisor for the school’s Student Government Association. The SGA plays a central role in the school’s activities, including community service projects, campus clean-ups, Black History Month, Cinco de Mayo programs and Spirit Week.
Mr. Beasley-Mungin holds a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Culture, and a Masters in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology, as well as a teaching license from Elizabeth City State University. His teaching philosophy is in complete alignment with the school district, as he notes, “I agree with Lee County Schools when it makes the statement ‘all means all.’ Many times some of our most challenging students get pushed to the back of the line, yet still, they are students who deserve a quality education.”
When Mr. Beasley-Mungin reflects on the inspiration that led him to pursue a career in education, he pays tribute to his mother. He comments, “She worked two jobs and raised my brother and I in the best way she could. There was a strong value of education in our home while other events of life went on. Through all of our life events while being raised with my mother, she never gave up and always searched for a support system to ensure that we were active in school and being the best students that we could be.”
As a teacher who enjoys a leadership role at BSA, Mr. Beasley-Mungin encourages new educators and those considering the field to simply never give up. Mr. Beasley-Mungin observes, “The first few years of education can be challenging. I believe this is because you have to find your own voice within the field. There will be times where you may second-guess your career and think of other areas you would rather be a better fit, but that does not mean turn your back on the classroom. Our students deserve the very best out of their teachers. With high quality professional development, coaching and perseverance, you will find that the role of an educator can be all that you desire it to be!”