Community Partner: Man Up Teacher Fellowship Program

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Who Are We: 

Man Up Teacher Fellowship is an educator preparation program for men of color that uses the residency model to prepare aspiring teachers to teach in PreK-12th grade classrooms.

Our Purpose:

To recruit, train, and place a talented pipeline of men of color who can be impactful in any school setting, and to work relentlessly to ensure the success of all students.

Program Benefits:

  • Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Scholarship Opportunties
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Mentor Support
  • Paid Summer Internships

Who Should Apply?

  • High school seniors who want to teach
  • High school athletes who want to coach
  • Undeclared undergraduate students
  • Community College graduates
  • Anyone wanting an undergraduate/graduate degree in education



Patrick Washington

Dr. Washington is a fifth generation educator, inspired by his great-great grandfather Richard Adkins, who was born into slavery in 1860. Richard became literate and taught other slaves to read. This family history lives through Dr. Washington, his mother and several family members who pursued a career in public education. Dr. Washington is a cohort 4 member of New Leaders, Inc. and in 2008 became the first African-American Superintendent of Benton County Mississippi schools. Dr. Washington is the founding principal of Promise Academy Springhill located in Memphis, TN that opened in 2014. The urgency to launch Man Up Teacher Fellowship was realized as he began to recruit teachers for Promise Academy Spring Hill. “This is a movement, not a program that is aimed to change the world by placing highly effective men of color in classrooms throughout our nation.” Dr. Washington is a graduate of Mississippi State University, Union University and Ole Miss. He and his wife Vicki have two daughters Olivia and Emily.

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