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Rakia Ford

Rakia Ford

I chose to become a Camden PLUS Resident because I am committed to advocating for the students here in Camden. It is important for our students to have advocates for their education and becoming a school leader will place me at the forefront of this endeavor.  I want to gain the experience and skills that will support me in becoming an effective school leader while supporting teachers and improving student learning.

Prior to the Residency, I worked in Camden as an educator for ten years. These years have been spent as a preschool teacher, during which I supported my students’ growth in social, emotional, and academic skills. One initiative I am proud of is creating an interactive parent reading program. The goal of the program focused on teaching parents the importance of reading to their children at home as well as how to read to their children. I noticed a significant change in my student’s interest and engagement with books.