Ayana is of the Freirian belief that education is the most direct route to freedom from oppression, generational poverty, and self-actualization. Having started her career as a special education teacher focusing in emotional and behavioral disorders, she has spent a great deal of time exploring the efficacy of educational programs, successful teaching and building school programs that transforms environments to be responsive to students with a range of needs- identified or not.
As a teacher, trainer, mentor, recruiter and evaluator, Ayana is able to push teachers and staff to their greatest potential in serving children. With advanced degrees in teaching and sociology, Ayana is able to skillfully blend psychology, systems analysis and effective teaching strategy to meet organizational or school needs from her teaching and administrative career in the Charter sector and her teacher training capacity for the District of Columbia Public Schools. Ayana is also deepening her pedagogy and skills as a doctoral student at Morgan State University. Through education and knowledge, Ayana believes we all rise together.