Michael Macias, History Buff & Teacher

I lead our Social Justice club. We talk about issues like housing, education, economic opportunity, and prison reform.

We always go back to the data. How many crimes were committed? How many police stops? How does this geographic area compare with another? It has been inspiring to watch my middle school scholars engage in conversations about these complex issues.

One student gave a TED-style presentation on how the abolition of slavery was not the end of a racial divide — instead, it just shifted the dynamic of the divide.

As a result, my scholars will work harder to build bridges with others. They will work for the betterment of not just themselves, but their whole community. This is why I teach.

— Michael Macias, History Buff & Teacher