The Only One

Had a great and fascinating conversation today with other male teachers of color about their experiences being the "only one" in various spaces growing up.

And it led me to think about how much it had impacted me. How much of the way I think is derived from the anxiety of feeling like you don't fit the larger group? How much of the work I do comes from the things I experienced? It has certainly harmed me, but it has also certainly helped me.

I think this experience, usually being the Only One, is something I need to capitalize and expound upon. Because it is powerful, and it's something to celebrate.

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Justin Gerald

Age: 28 Hometown: NYC Location: NYC Career: Education Undergrad: Princeton Grad: New School Likes: Cooking, Baseball, Socializing, Parks, Pop Culture, Feminism Loves: Traveling, Running, Lifting, Trivia, Teaching, Equality