A Personal Message from Josh Lappin

June 24, 2020

Good teachers know the importance of life-long learning. Good teachers know they must always think of themselves as students.

As a teacher, I consider myself a student of the Civil Rights Era, and over the past four years, I have admired and closely followed the Black Lives Matter movement. I have been inspired by its call for justice, and I have tried to incorporate its values into my practices.

But I have not done enough. Summer Blazers Tutoring should be more inclusive.

The Black Lives Matter Movement promotes awareness, respect, support, and perhaps most importantly, action. If I truly believe in these values, then I can no longer expect my company to become more inclusive without making authentic, identifiable changes. To do this, I will seek guidance from a specific section of the Black Lives Matter mission statement:

“We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.”

I will participate in this restorative struggle, I will engage in uncomfortable conversations, I will make meaningful change, and I will welcome any other life-long learners who wish to join me.

I stand with Black Lives Matter.