David Jamison II

David Jamison II

Fifth-Grade ELA Teacher, Shelby County School District, Tennessee

David Jamison II, known as The Dope Educator, is an educator, speaker, mental health advocate, and activist in the community. Despite being misunderstood in his early childhood and constantly suspended from school for misbehavior, he always knew his purpose in life was to inspire people.

After high school, Jamison went to college and graduated from Tougaloo College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Upon graduation, he had success in various fields, including labor coordinator, assistant manager, and actor/model but never felt aligned to his purpose. One day, a fraternity brother and hometown friend asked him the critical question, “Do you still have a passion for teaching?” That single conversation ended with a job offer and Jamison heading into the classroom. To make his classroom unique, Jamison included a customized greeting and encouraged each of his students to devise a special handshake that he would greet them with each day. Understanding that the foundation of any lesson is through love and human interaction, he inspires the next generation of male educators worldwide. For his second year in the classroom, he recorded the handshakes, and the video went viral across all social media platforms. Subsequently, he has been on many local and national news stations, including Access Hollywood, USA.

David Jamison II, known as The Dope Educator, is an educator, speaker, mental health advocate, and activist in the community. Despite being misunderstood in his early childhood and constantly suspended from school for misbehavior, he always knew his purpose in life was to inspire people.

After high school, Jamison went to college and graduated from Tougaloo College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Upon graduation, he had success in various fields, including labor coordinator, assistant manager, and actor/model but never felt aligned to his purpose. One day, a fraternity brother and hometown friend asked him the critical question, “Do you still have a passion for teaching?” That single conversation ended with a job offer and Jamison heading into the classroom. To make his classroom unique, Jamison included a customized greeting and encouraged each of his students to devise a special handshake that he would greet them with each day. Understanding that the foundation of any lesson is through love and human interaction, he inspires the next generation of male educators worldwide. For his second year in the classroom, he recorded the handshakes, and the video went viral across all social media platforms. Subsequently, he has been on many local and national news stations, including Access Hollywood, USA.