One In A Million: February 2023 – Black History Month Spotlight: Ebony Bodden

How long have you been a teacher?

This July will be my 13th year teaching.  I taught for eight years in my hometown of New Orleans (yes, it’s still Geaux Saints) and five years in Arizona.

What made you get into the teaching profession?

I have always wanted to share the knowledge of history, especially Black History with others.  My degree is in History with a minor in African American studies. I love telling historical facts to people. I often find that I clarify a lot of common misunderstandings.

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

I have many inspirational teachers that have guided me throughout my life.  The one teacher that really sticks out the most is my college professor and Dean of History Dr.Das. She was so motivational, impactful, & she pushed me to my full potential in college! She encouraged me throughout my academic career.

What “fills your cup” when you’re running on empty?

My family, I have 4 adult children (1 daughter and 3 sons), one granddaughter, and a loving partner. Talking to them and making memories with them keeps me going. I also enjoy traveling.

What is your wish for Arizona’s children?

My wish for Arizona’s children is to find joy & fulfillment in learning that develops curiosity and the confidence to explore new ideas. I want them to gain the skills to think critically and become successful in their future endeavors.

What does being selected as a Million Dollar Teacher Project Black History Month spotlight teacher mean to you?

Being selected as a Million Dollar Teacher Project Black History Month spotlight teacher is an incredible honor. This is an affirmation of my commitment to working with students to help them reach their full potential. I am grateful.

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