Jasmine Porter-Rallins is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign studying urban and historically African American boarding school models. Concurrently, she also serves as a Teaching “Art”ivist with Red Clay Dance and as a freelance curriculum writer. Over the last few years, Jasmine Porter-Rallins has worked in education in a variety of capacities including as an educator in both Boston and Atlanta Public Schools, a program director with the federally funded Upward Bound program, and a school consultant in Hyderabad, India.
Jasmine firmly believes in the mission of the Ryan Banks Academy. Having seen first-hand the impact external stressors and trauma can have on the achievement of students, she is excited for the numerous ways RBA can work with and for the community. Looking ahead, she hopes to help RBA become a model that is replicable in other underserved and under-resourced communities across the state of Illinois. Cheers to 100 ground-breaking and impactful years RBA!