Ms. Brathwaite Bio
Kendra Brathwaite was raised in Central Brooklyn in an extended family of teachers from various disciplines who have inculcated in her the love for children, the fundamentals of hard work, a sense of achievement, and a standard for excellence. In high school at Middle College High School at Medgar Ever College, Kendra became very interested in Computer Programming and Business and decided to pursue these subjects in college as a major and minor. After graduating in 2009 from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts with a B.A. in Management Information Systems, she worked in the business realm for four years where she learned a host of transferable skills that would benefit her in the future. During these years, she realized where her true passion lies and what her gifts were; she wanted to work with inner-city youth. Kendra decided to become a teacher because she saw a lack of empowerment in youth of color and felt strongly that as a teacher she could help provide support to students who lack the privilege of resources. After this epiphany, she applied for the New York City Teaching Fellows where she was accepted to become a Special Education Teacher. When Kendra joined the AFSE family, she was extremely thrilled that she was hired by a diverse school, which valued Computer Science and the empowerment of students as much as she did. In July 2015, Kendra completed her M.S. Ed in Teaching Urban Adolescents with Disabilities, Generalist (Grades 7-12), from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York.Previously, Kendra has participated in programs such as Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and CTE Summer Scholars, which are geared to helping students become entrepreneurs, teach students coding (HTML & CSS), and help provide internship opportunities to help students become career ready. Her ultimate goal is to open a center dedicated to the empowerment and development of young men in the local community. Going into her six year of teaching, Kendra continues to find different ways to advocate for her students and help prepare them for College & Career.