Expect What? You Decide.

When we wake up in the morning what do we expect to accomplish?  What do we expect our encounters to be like?  It is important that we learn how to expect the best from ourselves and from those that we will engage with.  We should expect this new day as an opportunity for something new and exciting that will add value to our lives.  Even if we encounter something negative we can expect a life lesson to be learned that we can take into the next day.

We should also expect that people change and those that we think will never change, do change.  We do not see it always, but as we age we change.  My expectations are to see the good in people and not to be disappointed when truth is revealed that may be negative.

Can we expect that our children can receive a quality education in America? We are constantly being forced to advocate for adequate funding for our public schools because the corporate voice is constantly reallocating our public funds to charter schools and voucher programs.  Can we expect that they ever had our children as their focus?  Their actions speak louder.  In NC with a Republican dominated house and senate funding has become dismal for those of us that choose public schools.  But every day I choose to expect that I can make a difference and that my voice does matter.

I believe we expect the sun to appear after the rain and we expect life to continue no matter the disasters that take lives.  We look forward to our future in the birth of a child or the birth of a new industry.  The evidence of what we expect is all around us.  Whether we expect good or bad we all expect something in return for the breathe that has been extended to us.  So keep your head up and do not be afraid to expect.

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Khem Irby

Who I Am:

I am currently a resident of Greensboro, NC living in the Adams Farm community.  I work at Pearce Elementary school in the afterschool program.  Beginning in January I became a member of the High Point Leadership Class of 2017.  Program is sponsored by the High Point Chamber of Commerce through Business High Point.  I am learning about the history and goals of the city of High Point through tours, business presentations and meeting the well-knowns of High Point.

This year seems to be a year a firsts.   I assisted with the organizing of precinct G66, one town hall with a city council candidate for District 5, and we are currently planning for the August 1 National Night Out.

Through Parents Across America, a national member organization which advocates for public education, I have conducted workshops and facilitated panel discussions around race, equity and education.  This October I have been elected to serve as the President of the Board.

Being an active member of my local church is important.  I volunteer with the scholarship and youth ministries.  Through the NAACP I served as the Souls to the Polls liaison.

I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry Leadership with Barclay College and I expect to graduate in June 2018.  It is my desire to pursue Masters and Doctorate degrees in Transformational Leadership which will be applicable to working in the community and organizing nationally.

Before relocating to North Carolina, I worked as a legal secretary in NYC’s top corporate international law firms.   As a Community Liaison volunteer with Administration of Children’s Services, I worked with parents and families connecting them to resources in their communities.

While studying government and public administration at John Jay College I was also enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves for ten years.  At the age of 19 I traveled to Israel and Egypt to learn and see biblical history.

Upon enrolling my children in NYC public schools I became deeply committed to education.   I was elected as president of the NYC Community Education Council  serving over 35 schools covering several neighborhoods in Brooklyn with one of the largest Black communities in the U.S.  Education advocacy lead to collaboration with the Independent Commission on Public Education (iCOPE), the appearance in the film,  “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman,” a documentary produced by the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) discussing the privatization of public education funds through charter schools.   In 2011 I became the co-founder of The Mothers’ Agenda of NY which uses a human rights framework to advocates for and with mothers and women concerning their children’s educational rights.

I am married with six children (three girls and three boys).  Two of my children have embraced Aggie Pride with college and STEM Early College @ NC A&T graduations.  Recently, my oldest child has received her Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina.  I also have two children that attend Penn-Griffin School for the Arts.  They are the reason why I do what I do and will continue to advocate for public education and of course, our hard-working, underpaid teachers.  It is important for me to sustain memberships with the Democratic Party, National PTA, NCNOW, Guilford PAGE, Greensboro NAACP, Guilford County Association Education and the O2020 Caucus