Perry Hollins
Fourth-Grade Teacher, Evanston/Skokie School District, Illinois

Perry Hollins has been an educator for 15 years. He has spent the past 10 years infusing an African-centered pedagogy into the curriculum of a K–5 public school near Chicago. For 10 years before becoming a teacher, he worked in radio and television, which equipped him with effective communication skills and creative instructional approaches. Perry earned a BFA in Broadcast Media from Morris College, a historically Black liberal arts college in South Carolina; a master’s degree in teaching from Northeastern Illinois University; and an MS in educational psychology from Capella University, with a focus on achievement motivation in Black boys. He believes 21st-century public schools should develop independent, flexible thinkers who work interdependently to solve problems.

Perry Hollins has been an educator for 15 years. He has spent the past 10 years infusing an African-centered pedagogy into the curriculum of a K–5 public school near Chicago. For 10 years before becoming a teacher, he worked in radio and television, which equipped him with effective communication skills and creative instructional approaches. Perry earned a BFA in Broadcast Media from Morris College, a historically Black liberal arts college in South Carolina; a master’s degree in teaching from Northeastern Illinois University; and an MS in educational psychology from Capella University, with a focus on achievement motivation in Black boys. He believes 21st-century public schools should develop independent, flexible thinkers who work interdependently to solve problems.