Our team is comprised of powerful #BlackLivesMatter – Toronto community educators, parents, and caregivers. Our team participates in a 2 day orientation and training prior to the start of the summer. Our core team of educators and team leaders all have extensive experience working with children in various contexts. Please see below for a list of team members and their roles:
LeRoi Newbold is the founding director of FreedomSchool, and has designed Afrocentric/Black focused curriculum and taught at the Africentric Alternative School for the past 9 years. LeRoi has worked with children and youth for the past 16 years as a teacher, early childhood educator, youth facilitator and arts facilitator. LeRoi is currently undertaking his masters in Black Affirmative Education at York University.
Passionate, nurturing, communicative, anti-racist/revolutionary raised, radical single parent to a 4.5 year old. Nauoda serves our people by focusing on providing emotional support for Black children in and out of care, families and community. Learning through active play & daily activities, with a variety of learning styles are incorporated to help with a child’s social skills and confidence, while bridging the gap between Black diasporic generations.
Naomi Bain is an activist, writer, community educator and educational consultant. Naomi has 7 year experience working with children both in classroom and camp settings. She currently works with schools across Ontario helping librarians and educators curate their library collections. Naomi believes children have an essential part in bringing about change in the world, “by teaching children essential skills and love of literature we help prepare them to be the best that they can be
I am a proud and unapologetic Oromo Muslim woman. Over the years I have realized the importance of working with our black youth. That our relationship and the knowledge we pass down to our youth and children are CRITICAL to the liberation of our people. I believe in the liberation of ALL black people and that our struggles are all connected. I love black people so much and I’m proud to be unapologetically black.
Emmanuel Ruta works for the Peel District School board teacher and has extensive experience working with Black children in an educational capacity.
Kike is a queer, Nigerian, mixed-media community artist. Kike: My dedication to social justice and black liberation, my love for children, as well as my belief in the transformative powers of art – particularly given as tools to our children and youth is what brings me here and why I do the work I do. I’ve gained experience through paid and volunteer childcare, as well as facilitation through leading workshops with elders, children and youth in the community, creating a safer space for us all to harvest and share our stories.
Ki is a Black queer, non-binary transmasculine community care giver, healer & spirit warrior, they are super excited to be working with BLM Freedom School as afternoon toddler room support. ki is an aspiring Child & Youth Care Worker and hopes to participate in the raising of many children in a variety of different ways. Currently as the roommate & childcare provider of a toddler ki’s approach values play, exploration, care/sensitivity, and boundary setting.
Dorrel Stone is a mother to hundreds of children in the community. She has volunteered for the past 8 years at the Africentric Alternative School as a parent council member as well as running the breakfast program, snack program, afterschool program and assisting with the Gala.
Posh has cooked for Freedom School for two years. He has a passion for food and is well loved by children!
My name is Sydney, and next fall I will be in grade 11 at Earl Haig Secondary School. I am in the Claude Watson program there, with my specialty area being visual arts. I am the creative arts contributor to our school arts magazine, Diem. I love to paint with oils and design clothes and sew my creative designs. I also am on the track team and run the 100 meters, 200 meters and 100 meter relay. I volunteered for Freedom School last year and helped with sewing the quilt, making lunches, and chaperoning on field trips. I am very excited to work at Freedom School this year.