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Welcome, Megan & Shema, to the DreamTeam!

DreamWakers is excited to welcome two new team members, Megan Adams and Shema Mugabo, who will support our speaker, educator, and student communities. Get to know them both through our short Q&A below.

Q: What are you most excited about in your new role with the DreamTeam?
Megan: Working with our amazing DreamSpeakers! I love to connect with our speakers to hear their stories and their “why” for volunteering with DreamWakers.

Shema: I look forward to having a hand in a variety of different projects throughout the organization to increase our outreach and innovation in flashchats.

Q: If you could have a flashchat with anyone, who would it be and why?
Megan: Dolly Parton! She comes from humble roots and has seen major success in singing, songwriting, acting, theme park-owning, and service work. She truly does it all and does it with so much kindness and shameless self-confidence that we could all learn from.

Shema: I would love to have a flashchat with Lebron James! He is one of the most successful athletes of all time and has expanded his interests to business and education.

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DreamSpeakers, Megan (megan@dreamwakers.org) is thrilled to be your primary point of contact for all things DreamWakers. Our new team members look forward to connecting with you! 

Megan Adams is our new Program Associate, primarily leading speaker and corporate relationships.
Shema Mugabo is our new Program Coordinator, a cross-cutting role thats supports all aspects of programming.
Celebrating Black History
DreamWakers is committed to amplifying Black voices year-round, and February's Black History Month is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the meaningful experiences, insights, and inspiration of Black members of our community: DreamSpeakers who share their stories with students, DreamEducators whose dedication to their students is unwavering, and DreamStudents whose inquisitiveness and courage to engage in conversation provide hope for the future. Stay tuned on our blog for reflections on Black History Month from members of our community. 
Educator Spotlight: Joe Mettle

Our Educator Spotlight provides DreamWakers the opportunity to highlight dedicated DreamEducators across the U.S. This month we are excited to feature Q&A with Joe Mettle, KIPP NJ Career & Technical Education Program Manager.

Q: What has been the most fulfilling experience in your career thus far?
I am always honored and humbled when I see students attain post-secondary credentials and begin their careers in their area of choice and aptitude. 

Q: If you could have a flashchat with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
President Barack Obama. I would love to speak with him about his path to the presidency and how he handled all of the rigors of office with grace and integrity. 

Q: What is your dream for the future?
I'm hopeful that we continue to see positive change in this world for all people and that we continue to close the gaps in achievement for underserved and disenfranchised people. 

Q: Why did you choose to be an educator?

Educators: Join DreamWakers Today!
Flashchats for Every Class

In addition to flashchats to match your current classroom curriculum, we are also offering several exciting flashchats series this Spring. Whether it's:

  • Bringing a strong woman role model into your classroom for Women's History Month,
  • Tackling financial literacy with some of our all-star speakers like Audric Smith of The Siegfried Group,
  • Sparking interest in STEM with Autodesk speakers from a diverse range of career fields, or
  • Inviting your classroom to tour the National Mall with USIP,
we're here to create an engaging and inspiring opportunity for your students. Request your next flashchat by signing up here!
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Believing kids can't be what they can't seeDreamWakers works to close the opportunity gap for students in under-resourced schools by providing them with the unique opportunity to meet professionals from diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives beyond their city limits. Through interactive virtual sessions via video chat, DreamWakers connects classrooms across the U.S. with dynamic role models in a wide array of professional sectors, shedding light on the real-world applicability of course lessons, while inspiring the next generation of leaders to envision and prepare for their own future.

Learn more: www.dreamwakers.org.


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