Mario Jovan Shaw was sitting in front of his seventh-grade students when one of them said he had never had a teacher like Shaw before.
Some might be flattered by that statement, but Shaw was concerned.
He realized that young boy had never had a black man as a teacher.
“Without seeing people who look like you and mirror what success looks like, you never believe that you can actually do anything outside the stereotypes,” said Shaw.
That’s when he decided he need to take his passion for teaching beyond one classroom in Charlotte, North Carolina.