Becky Anderson

Lift Off (and the Impact of Instructors)

Blog Post created by Becky Anderson Employee on Mar 7, 2017

Yesterday I had the privilege of listening to Donovan Livingston do a live version of his spoken word poem "Lift Off" that garnered so much attention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Convocation last year. (If you haven't seen it, it's 6 minutes long, very powerful, and I'd highly recommend it.) In addition, he spoke a bit about the impact that the teachers mentioned (and not mentioned) in the poem had on him. He spoke of Ms. Parker, who in 7th grade encouraged him to harness all his energy and taught him to debate. He talked about his high school teacher who wouldn't let him do spoken word at his high school graduation (but reached out immediately after his Convocation talk to congratulate him.) And he talked about all the people he met along the way, both at Harvard and before, who helped him become the person he is, who influenced him so much, and who allowed him to make that moving speech. It was a great reminder of the impact that teachers can have on students, and humans on one another.